Synonyms for earnest
Antonyms for earnest
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EARNEST
As Philothea turned towards her companion, she met Aspasia's earnest gaze.
She had feared he might rush his proposal through that night; he had been so much in earnest.
But I came in time to see that he was not as earnest as I had been.
They would serve to shew me, she was pleased to say, how much in earnest my father was.
Nor will any body else believe you in earnest in the offer, if I would.
That the speaker was in earnest there could be no manner of question.
All about Christian work, and about being in earnest, because the time was short.
The question of what to wear became, for the men, an earnest one.
It you are in earnest about it, Mrs. Menotti, I will look about a little.
We got so in earnest that I am afraid both of us were rather tense.
from Old English eornoste (adj.) "zealous," or from Old English noun eornost "seriousness, serious intent" (surviving only in the phrase in earnest), from Proto-Germanic *ern "vigor, briskness" (cf. Old Saxon ernust, Old High German arnust "seriousness, firmness, struggle," German Ernst "seriousness;" Gothic arniba "safely, securely;" Old Norse ern "able, vigorous," jarna "fight, combat"). The proper name Ernest (literally "resolute") is from the same root. Related: Earnestly; earnestness.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EARNEST
- ball of fire
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- get up and go
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