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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

That is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head.
Charlie Chaplin

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

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

When he speaks to you he speaks with an earnest vibe and an earnest energy.
Dwayne Johnson

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
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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
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