English version

earnest

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishearnestear‧nest1 /ˈɜːnɪst $ ˈɜːr-/ ●○○ adjective  SERIOUS/NOT JOKINGvery serious and sincere a rather earnest young man Matthews was in earnest conversation with a young girl. an earnest desire to offer something useful to societyearnest expression/look/voice etcearnest attempt/effort etcsee thesaurus at seriousearnestly adverb earnestly discussing politicsearnestness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpus
earnestThe debate was prolonged and earnest.There was some earnest grunting and scraping, but no upward progress.Friends described Jackson as an earnest, hard-working young man.They belonged to that earnest minority among the privileged, devoted to plain-living and high-thinking.a group of earnest musicians dressed completely in blackThe other night we had quite an earnest talk.It is my earnest wish that rugby continues to fulfil this role.One earnest young man asked De Mille about the philosophical meaning of his films.in earnest conversationMen huddled together in groups, deep in earnest conversations; it was here the real trading was done.Bobby sighed and turned to the chairman but he was in earnest conversation with a ponderous constable.I looked round and saw my master in earnest conversation with the monk.
earnestearnest2 noun  1 in earnest2 be in earnest
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