|1.||[ adjective ] characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions|
|Synonyms:||earnest solemn sincere|
"both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate" "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant" "a film with a solemn social message"
|2.||[ adverb ] in a serious manner|
"talking earnestly with his son" "she started studying snakes in earnest" "a play dealing seriously with the question of divorce"
|Related terms:||serious earnest serious earnest|