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solemnly is a synonym of earnestly

adverb [ sol-uhm-lee ]

solemnly is another word for earnestly

Something that is done earnestly is done with deep and sincere feeling. Something that is done solemnly is done in a serious, formal, or ceremonial manner, and perhaps also in a way that is legally binding. This somber adverb conveys a sense of weighty importance, and is overwhelmingly used with the verb swear, as in the U.S. presidential oath of office: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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solemnly swear
In the mock inauguration for her civics class, the student solemnly swore to faithfully execute the office of yearbook section editor.
slowly and solemnly
He didn't say much after hearing the bad news; he just nodded slowly and solemnly, which, in its own way, said quite a lot.

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gumption is a synonym of spunk

noun [ guhmp-shuhn ]

gumption is another word for spunk

The noun spunk refers to one’s spirit or pluck and suggests a lively determination. This term has a fiery background, literally, entering English referring first to a spark and then to ignitable wood or tinder. The far less combustible noun gumption refers to courage and guts. It might take gumption, for instance, to quit a high-paying job. It’s not a stretch to say that gumption is more grounded than spunk, since gumption also implies a resourcefulness and even shrewd common sense in solving problems or getting things done.

Commonly found as

take + gumption
It took a lot of gumption for the intern to stand up to his boss on the matter.
guts and gumption
To train for and finish an adventure race, you need lots of guts and gumption!

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equity is a synonym of fairness

noun [ ek-wi-tee ]

equity is another word for fairness

The nouns fairness and equity both deal with what is fair and just, but equity is more often used in discussions of complex, systemic disparities—and how to solve them. Equity is broadly defined as “the quality of being fair or impartial,” and it is related to the word equal. But be careful not to conflate equity and equality: while the concepts are certainly intertwined, the key idea that sets equity apart is that people's needs and circumstances are different, and therefore solutions must differ appropriately.

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justice and equity
The new superintendent made it her priority to address justice and equity in education for all children in her district.
promote equity
Some businesses have begun to promote racial and gender equity by examining and adjusting salaries.

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