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earnest

noun

1 earnest

Something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract.

Roget 771: security; guaranty, guarantee; gage, warranty, bond, tie, pledge, plight, mortgage, collateral, debenture, hypothecation, ... show more

Roget 809: expenditure, money going out; out goings, out lay; expenses, disbursement; prime cost etc. (price) 812; circulation; run upon a bank.    payment etc. ... show more

Dutch: ernstig, serieus



adjective

1 earnest

Characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions:
— Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.

synonyms: sincere, solemn.

Roget 604: resolved etc. v.; determined; strong-willed, strong-minded; resolute etc. (brave) 861; self-possessed; decided, definitive, peremptory, ... show more

Roget 642: important; of importance etc. n.; momentous, material; to the point; not to be overlooked, not to be despised, not to be sneezed at; egregious; weighty etc. (influential) ... show more

Roget 821: feeling etc. v.; sentient; sensuous; sensorial, sensory; emotive, emotional; of feeling, with feeling etc. n.. warm, ... show more

Roget 602: willing, minded, fain, disposed, inclined, favorable; favorably-minded, favorably inclined, favorably disposed; nothing loth; in the vein, in the mood, in the humor, in the mind.    ... show more

2 earnest

Sincerely earnest.

synonyms: dear, devout, heartfelt.

3 earnest

Not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal.

synonym: businesslike.


Moby thesaurus: abandoned, acquitment, acquittal, acquittance, advertent, afire, agog, alert, all ears, all eyes, amortization, amortizement, ardent, assiduous, attention, attentive, aware, awe-inspiring, bail, binder ... show more.

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