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Synonyms for earnest
ˈɜr nɪst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earnest(adj)

    something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract

    Antonyms:
    frivolous, purposeless, insincere

  2. earnest, sincere, solemn(adj)

    characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

    "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"

    Synonyms:
    dear, heartfelt, businesslike, sincere, grave, sedate, sober, devout, solemn

    Antonyms:
    frivolous, insincere, purposeless

  3. dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt(adj)

    earnest

    "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"

    Synonyms:
    dear(p), pricy, pricey, devout, heartfelt, high-priced, beloved, businesslike, god-fearing, good, darling, costly, solemn, near, sincere, dear

    Antonyms:
    insincere, purposeless, frivolous

  4. businesslike, earnest(adj)

    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

    Synonyms:
    sincere, businesslike, devout, solemn, heartfelt, dear

    Antonyms:
    insincere, frivolous, purposeless

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. earnest

    One is eager who impatiently desires to accomplish some end; one is earnest with a desire that is less impatient, but more deep, resolute, and constant; one is anxious with a desire that foresees rather the pain of disappointment than the delight of attainment. One is eager for the gratification of any appetite or passion; he is earnest in conviction, purpose, or character. Eager usually refers to some specific and immediate satisfaction, earnest to something permanent and enduring; the patriotic soldier is earnest in his devotion to his country, eager for a decisive battle.

    Synonyms:
    animated, anxious, ardent, burning, desirous, eager, enthusiastic, fervent, glowing, hot, impatient, impetuous, importunate, intense, intent, keen, longing, vehement, yearning, zealous

    Antonyms:
    apathetic, calm, careless, cold, cool, dispassionate, frigid, heedless, indifferent, negligent, phlegmatic, purposeless, regardless, stolid, stony, stupid, unconcerned, uninterested, unmindful, unmoved

    Preposition:
    Eager for (more rarely after) favor, honor, etc.; eager in pursuit.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. earnest

    Synonyms:
    eager, serious, intent, determined, strenuous, solemn, grave, warm, fervent, intense, ardent

    Antonyms:
    indifferent, idle, playful, desultory, irresolute, unearnest, sportive, jesting, flippant

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. earnest(a.)

    Synonyms:
    ardent, zealous, eager, fervent, fervid, glowing, animated, importunate, warm, hearty

  2. earnest(a.)

    Synonyms:
    intent, steady, fixed, close

  3. earnest(n.)

    Synonyms:
    seriousness, reality, not a jest

  4. earnest(n.)

    Synonyms:
    pledge, first-fruits

  5. earnest(n.)

    Synonyms:
    EARNEST-MONEY

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. earnest(a)

    Synonyms:
    unfeigned, ardent, sincere, fervent, impassioned, zealous, intent

  2. earnest(n)

    Synonyms:
    sincerity, seriousness, good faith, pledge, handsel, token, foretaste

    Antonyms:
    jest

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    sincere, serious, conscientiously, fervent, seriousness, earnestly, ardent, seriously

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#5534intent
#7174intense
#8065grave
#9217keen
#10003costly
#10345beloved
#11300eager
#12238darling
#13784enthusiastic
#13864anxious
#15441sincere
#17693earnest
#18433glowing
#19532sober
#22948longing
#24329seriousness
#24854solemn
#27040heartfelt
#27965impatient
#30164pricey
#31690yearning
#33982ardent
#35229strenuous
#36092devout
#38786earnestly
#43874zealous
#46093fervent
#46387desirous
#73655sedate
#76074conscientiously
#76435vehement
#83664impetuous
#99694businesslike
#122866pricy
#210695importunate

How to use earnest in a sentence?

  1. Zhai Qing:

    (Environmental inspectors) must confront the hard tasks in earnest and not be afraid of offending people... and never let violators off the hook without resolving the problem.

  2. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek:

    The EU is currently doing the impact analysis, and we are doing the impact analysis, and we're hoping that at the latest some time in the beginning of 2017 negotiations could start in earnest.

  3. Lloyd Garrison:

    On this subject I do not which to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No No Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest I will not equivocate I will not retreat a single inch and I will be heard.

  4. Robin Junger:

    The law is absolutely clear on this, the Supreme Court of Canada has said so many times: Consultation is important, it has to be done in earnest and meaningfully, but it doesn't provide a veto.

  5. Reinhold Niebuhr:

    All you earnest young men out to save the world please, have a laugh.


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