Synonyms for earnestly

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Philothea had listened so earnestly, that for a moment all other thoughts were expelled from her mind.

I, too, should earnestly rejoice if such an event could be brought about.

These objections were earnestly urged when we acquired Louisiana.

I earnestly thanked God for my deliverance on this occasion.

We have both been told that we ought to know her, and told so earnestly that we really think we ought.

"You needn't think I'll tell, either," said the Countess, earnestly.

They both stood side by side, looking at her earnestly and sadly.

"Oh, but Mrs. North is far beyond middle age," said Cyrus, earnestly.

Is it because I too am a king, that you desire so earnestly to speak with me?

He was happy also, who was about to drink of that cup of joy which he so earnestly desired.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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