Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EARNESTS

The good times have come; and yet they are only earnests of better days still that are on their way.

God gives you these partial triumphs, that they may be earnests of the future.

Since many of Collier's "earnests" turn out to be "jests," why not the other way round?

Its stray sunbeams grew clear and golden, now that they were understood to be only earnests of the golden day above.

And faith further breeds hope because it kindles joy and peace, which are the foretastes and earnests of the future blessedness.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.