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1. earnestness

noun. ['ˈɝːnəstnəs'] an earnest and sincere feeling.

Synonyms

  • sincerity
  • seriousness
  • gravity

Antonyms

  • drunkenness
  • repulsion
  • attentiveness
  • discipline

Etymology

  • -ness (English)
  • earnest (English)
  • eornest (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Earnestness

  • abruptness
  • absoluteness
  • acuteness
  • adonis
  • aggressiveness
  • agribusiness
  • airworthiness
  • alertness
  • aloofness
  • alumnus
  • anise
  • anus
  • appropriateness
  • arbitrariness
  • assertiveness
  • astuteness
  • attentiveness
  • attractiveness
  • awareness
  • awfulness

Example sentences of the word earnestness


1. Noun, singular or mass
A heartfelt letter may be better expressed through the earnestness of longhand.

Quotes containing the word earnestness


1. Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat's chest and felt his heart beating. The pulse was faint and fast, but his heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small body with all the restless earnestness of my own.
- Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

2. earnestness

noun. ['ˈɝːnəstnəs'] the trait of being serious.

Synonyms

  • sombreness
  • solemness
  • frivolous
  • sobriety
  • gravity
  • trait
  • sedateness
  • soberness
  • serious
  • staidness
  • solemnity
  • seriousness
  • serious-mindedness
  • somberness
  • sincerity
  • graveness
  • commitment

Antonyms

  • serious
  • frivolous
  • profound
  • intemperance

Etymology

  • -ness (English)
  • earnest (English)
  • eornest (Middle English (1100-1500))
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