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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

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

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
Henry David Thoreau

Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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