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English adjective: serious

1. serious concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities


SamplesA serious student of history.
A serious attempt to learn to ski.
Gave me a serious look.
A serious young man.
Are you serious or joking?.
Don't be so serious!.


Similarearnest, grave, overserious, real, sedate, serious-minded, sincere, sober, sobering, solemn, solemn, solid, thoughtful


Attributeearnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity


Antonymsfrivolous

2. serious of great consequence


SamplesMarriage is a serious matter.


Similarimportant, of import


Antonymsunimportant

3. serious causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm


SamplesA dangerous operation.
A grave situation.
A grave illness.
Grievous bodily harm.
A serious wound.
A serious turn of events.
A severe case of pneumonia.
A life-threatening disease.


Synonymsdangerous, grave, grievous, life-threatening, severe


Similarcritical


Antonymsnoncritical, noncrucial

4. serious appealing to the mind


SamplesGood music.
A serious book.


Synonymsgood


Similarintellectual


Antonymsnonintellectual

5. serious completely lacking in playfulness


Synonymssober, unplayful


Attributefun, playfulness


Antonymsplayful

6. serious requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve


SamplesRaised serious objections to the proposal.
The plan has a serious flaw.


Similardifficult, hard


Antonymseasy









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