Definitions of earnest

  1.   not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
  2.   earnest one's dearest wish devout wishes for their success heartfelt condolences
  3.   something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
  4.   characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions both sides were deeply in earnest even passionate an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant a film with a solemn social message
  5.   Seriousness reality fixed determination eagerness intentness
  6.   Intent fixed closely as earnest attention
  7.   Serious important
  8.   To use in earnest
  9.   Something given or a part paid beforehand as a pledge pledge handsel a token of what is to come
  10.   Something of value given by the buyer to the seller by way of token or pledge to bind the bargain and prove the sale
  11.   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
  12.   Serious in speech or action zealous eager ardent hearty
  13.   A portion of something given or done in advance as a pledge
  14.   Earnestly
  15.   Earnestness
  16.   Showing strong desire determined eager to obtain intent sincere
  17.   Seriousness reality
  18.   Money given in token of a bargain made a pledge first fruits fig anything which gives assurance pledge promise or indication of what is to follow
  19.   Determined eager intent sincere
  20.   Seriousness reality pledge
  21.   Zealous fervent
  22.   Money paid in advance to bind a bargain an assurance of something to come
  23.   Ardent in the pursuit of an object eager urgent intent serious seriously real
  24.   First fruits a pledge or assurance of something more to come earnest money
  25.   Done with a will with hearty endeavour to attain the end aimed at eager to obtain zealous sincere serious
  26.   Money given in hand to assure a bargain first fruits pledge assurance in Scot

Quotes of earnest

  1. We are always on stage even when we are stabbed in earnest at the end – Georg Buchner
  2. Travellers like poets are mostly an angry race by falling into a daily fit of passion I proved to the governor and his son who were profuse in their attentions that I was in earnest – Richard Francis Burton
  3. What is earnest is not always true on the contrary error is often more earnest than truth – Benjamin Disraeli
  4. I will be as harsh as truth and uncompromising as justice I am in earnest I will not equivocate I will not excuse I will not retreat a single inch and I will be heard – William Lloyd Garrison
  5. I am interested in the notion that people can become so obsessed by their world that they lose sense and awareness of how they appear to other people They're so earnest about it But that's true of so many things – Christopher Guest
  6. When he speaks to you he speaks with an earnest vibe and an earnest energy – Dwayne Johnson
  7. There has not been a war in South America for fifty years and I have every confidence that the countries of Central and South America are deeply in earnest in the maintenance of peace – Frank B. Kellogg
  8. The dangers which threaten us are twofold First from the Confederate forces composed of men whose earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny – Robert Dale Owen
  9. I have rarely seen the face of a mechanic in the action of creation which was not fine never one which was not earnest and impressive – Thomas Nelson Page
  10. In God's world for those who are in earnest there is no failure No work truly done no word earnestly spoken no sacrifice freely made was ever made in vain – Frederick William Robertson
  11. It is the earnest hope of our people that the world may see the day when all nuclear weapons are abolished – Eisaku Sato
  12. About my career I was serious and earnest sometimes impatient – Gene Tierney
  13. To say of a picture as is often said in its praise that it shows great and earnest labour is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view – James Mcneill Whistler
  14. This man is frank and earnest with women In Fresno he's Frank and in Chicago he's Ernest – Henny Youngman

Usage examples for earnest

  1. It was life and death earnest and she must go to London ” – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  2. My words were spoken in earnest – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  3. Art thou in earnest Morecraft ” – The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  4. How earnest thou to know my name – Tales From the 'Phantasus', etc. of Ludwig Tieck by Ludwig Tieck
  5. “ Jane's face was earnest and grave – The Major by Ralph Connor
  6. He seems an earnest good sort of young man – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  7. When questions were asked about his silence Lucy half in joke and half in earnest fired up and declared that everything had been as natural as possible – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  8. You know I am not in earnest – Whosoever Shall Offend by F. Marion Crawford
  9. When they all come upon you in earnest how are you to stand against them – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  10. About half in earnest he said – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  11. But her tone was as earnest as his – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  12. You may laugh Hugh but I am in earnest – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  13. “ Grizzie I'm in earnest – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  14. When he turned and came back to his friend he said If he had ever been in earnest about her I think he would have tried to see her at such a time don't you – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  15. Further conversation for the moment was interrupted for the time had arrived to begin their work in earnest – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Mississippi-or-Afloat-with-the-Big-Show-on-the-Big-River by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  16. As I have said Dr Kemp we are an earnest people – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  17. The last words were said with such an accent of earnest determination that Mr Wharncliffe again had almost smiled at his scholar but he did not – Trading by Susan Warner
  18. Or did he fail to see that she was in earnest – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  19. “ I never saw one more in earnest or more anxious to learn – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  20. Never was shallow man for the moment more in earnest – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Rhymes for earnest

  • ernest, sternest;
  • internist;

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