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Synonyms for earnest
ˈɜr nɪstearnest

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. earnestadjective

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

    Antonyms:
    frivolous, purposeless, insincere

  2. earnest, sincere, solemnadjective

    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, heartfeltadjective

    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, earnestadjective

    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

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

    Antonyms:
    insincere, frivolous, purposeless

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. earnestadjective

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

  2. earnestadjective

    Synonyms:
    intent, steady, fixed, close

  3. earnestnoun

    Synonyms:
    seriousness, reality, not a jest

  4. earnestnoun

    Synonyms:
    pledge, first-fruits

  5. earnestnoun

    Synonyms:
    EARNEST-MONEY

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. earnestadjective

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

  2. earnestnoun

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

    Antonyms:
    jest

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How to use earnest in a sentence?

  1. Frederick William Robertson:

    This world is given as the prize for the men in earnest; and that which is true of this world, is truer still of the world to come.

  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. Matthew Jafarian:

    During the NBA bubble is really when we started researching, in earnest, how we could bring back fans safely into the arena.

  4. Hubert Humphrey:

    Men in earnest have no time to waste In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.

  5. William Lloyd Garrison:

    I am in earnest--I will not equivocate--I will not excuse--I will not retreat a single inch--and I will be heard.


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