Adjective "Earnest" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction.
  1. 'two girls were in earnest conversation'
  2. 'In hushed, earnest tones, she spoke of the things her heart desired.'
  3. 'Basic errors are repeated time and again, despite fine words and earnest assurances to this committee.'
  4. 'On Friday I debated my theory in deep and earnest detail with a representative of the profession.'
  5. 'It is only through such earnest conversation that we can hope to approach clarity.'
  6. 'From her earnest tone and steady gaze, he had no doubts as to the sincerity of her question.'
  7. 'It will be a serious and earnest review of how well the world has lived up to its obligations to children.'
  8. 'In fact, I was quickly and forcibly won over by the band's earnest performance.'
  9. 'If you are looking for something with all the earnest passion and intensity of a real superhero story, you may have a hard time.'
  10. 'As he sliced bread for the meal Brother Danny chuckled at the intensely earnest youth.'
  11. 'The truth was more that the agenda didn't fit with her sincere and earnest style, so why should she change in order to fit it?'


A thing intended or regarded as a sign or promise of what is to come.
  1. 'It is but a trifle that Sauron fancies, and an earnest of your good will.'


1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous: an earnest worker.

2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling: earnest words; an earnest entreaty.

3. seriously important; demanding or receiving serious attention. noun

4. full seriousness, as of intention or purpose: to speak in earnest.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be earnest in things."

"people can be earnest."

"desires can be earnest."

"conversations can be earnest."

"efforts can be earnest."

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(earnest)Middle English ernes, literally ‘instalment paid to confirm a contract’, based on Old French erres, from Latin arra, shortened form of arrabo ‘a pledge’. The spelling was influenced by words ending in -ness; the final -t is probably by association with earnest.


in earnest