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English adjective: earnest

1. earnest characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions


SamplesBoth sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
An entirely sincere and cruel tyrant.
A film with a solemn social message.


Synonymssincere, solemn


Similarserious


Antonymsfrivolous

2. earnest earnest


SamplesOne's dearest wish.
Devout wishes for their success.
Heartfelt condolences.


Synonymsdear, devout, heartfelt


Similarsincere


Antonymsinsincere

3. earnest not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal


Synonymsbusinesslike


Similarpurposeful


Antonymspurposeless


English noun: earnest

1. earnest (possession) something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract


Broader (hypernym)security, surety


Narrower (hyponym)arles, earnest money









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