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Definition of Earnest

Earnest

  1. Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
  2. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; -- used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
  3. Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
  4. Serious; important.
  5. To use in earnest.
  6. Something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come.
  7. Something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale.

Earnest Quotations

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Winston Churchill

Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.
Marcus Garvey

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.
Barack Obama

There are two men in Tolstoy. He is a mystic and he is also a realist. He is addicted to the practice of a pietism that for all its sincerity is nothing if not vague and sentimental; and he is the most acute and dispassionate of observers, the most profound and earnest student of character and emotion.
William Ernest Henley

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.
Charles Dickens
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Earnest Translations

earnest in Danish is alvorlig
earnest in Dutch is serieus, ernstig, bona fide, stemmig
earnest in Finnish is vakava
earnest in German is ernst
earnest in Italian is serio, grave
earnest in Norwegian is alvorlig
earnest in Spanish is serio
earnest in Swedish is allvar, allvarlig