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1. earnest

adjective. ['ˈɝːnɪst'] characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions.

Synonyms

  • solemn
  • serious

Antonyms

  • listed security
  • insecurity
  • insecureness

Etymology

  • eornest (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • eornoste (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • ernest (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Earnest

  • internist
  • ernest

How do you pronounce earnest?

Pronounce earnest as ˈərnɪst.

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Sentences with earnest


1. Adjective, superlative
Depending on the contingencies in your contract, the sellers may have to reimburse the earnest money.

Quotes about earnest


1. Things can be funny only when we are in fun. When we're 'dead earnest,' humor is the only thing that is dead.
- Flip Wilson

2. A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.
- Confucius

3. Tell me not in mournful numbers,Life is but an empty dream!For the soul is dead that slumbers,And things are not what they seem.Life is real! Life is earnest!And the grave is not its goal;Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,Was not spoken of the soul.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Voices of the Night

2. earnest

noun. ['ˈɝːnɪst'] something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract.

Synonyms

  • earnest money
  • arles
  • security

Antonyms

  • disingenuous
  • insincerity
  • counterfeit
  • false

Etymology

  • eornest (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • eornoste (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • ernest (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. earnest

adjective. ['ˈɝːnɪst'] earnest.

Synonyms

  • devout
  • sincere
  • dear

Antonyms

  • danger
  • diffidence
  • fear
  • irreligious

Etymology

  • eornest (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • eornoste (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • ernest (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. earnest

adjective. ['ˈɝːnɪst'] not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal.

Synonyms

  • purposeful

Antonyms

  • uncertainty
  • unlisted security

Etymology

  • eornest (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • eornoste (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • ernest (Middle English (1100-1500))
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