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1. serious

adjective. ['ˈsɪriːəs'] concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities.

Synonyms

  • thoughtful
  • earnest
  • serious-minded
  • sincere
  • solemn
  • sober
  • overserious
  • real
  • solid
  • sincerity
  • earnestness
  • seriousness
  • sedate
  • sobering
  • serious-mindedness

Antonyms

  • frivolous
  • disingenuous
  • insincerity
  • counterfeit

Etymology

  • seryows (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • serieux (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Serious

  • deleterious
  • mysterious
  • imperious
  • delirious

How do you pronounce serious?

Pronounce serious as ˈsɪriəs.

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Example sentences of the word serious


1. Adjective
Doing so while the engine is still cold or in the process of warming up could cause serious damage.

Quotes containing the word serious


1. There's plenty of room for humor in politics, God knows, but it's a serious business.
- Al Franken

2. Being incarcerated is truly very serious, and it has changed my life to such an extent that breaking the cycle has become my sole focus. Jail is definitely not cool. Education is.
- Ja Rule

3. There's something very authentic about humor, when you think about it. Anybody can pretend to be serious. But you can't pretend to be funny.
- Billy Collins

2. serious-minded

adjective. acting with or showing thought and good sense.

Synonyms

  • serious

Antonyms

  • inconsiderate
  • unthoughtfulness

3. serious-mindedness

noun. the trait of being serious.

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

  • serious
  • frivolous
  • profound
  • intemperance

4. serious

adjective. ['ˈsɪriːəs'] of great consequence.

Synonyms

  • important

Antonyms

  • superficial
  • insincere

Etymology

  • seryows (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • serieux (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

5. serious

adjective. ['ˈsɪriːəs'] causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm.

Synonyms

  • severe
  • dangerous
  • life-threatening
  • critical
  • grievous

Antonyms

  • birth
  • inconsiderate
  • unthoughtfulness
  • thoughtless

Etymology

  • seryows (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • serieux (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

6. serious

adjective. ['ˈsɪriːəs'] appealing to the mind.

Synonyms

  • good

Antonyms

  • purposeless
  • unreal

Etymology

  • seryows (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • serieux (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

7. serious

adjective. ['ˈsɪriːəs'] completely lacking in playfulness.

Synonyms

  • sober
  • playfulness
  • unplayful

Antonyms

  • false
  • dishonest
  • intoxicated
  • colorful

Etymology

  • seryows (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • serieux (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

8. serious

adjective. ['ˈsɪriːəs'] requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve.

Synonyms

  • hard

Antonyms

  • inattentiveness
  • heedless

Etymology

  • seryows (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • serieux (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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