something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
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"
dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt(adj)
"one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
apathetic, calm, careless, cold, cool, dispassionate, frigid, heedless, indifferent, negligent, phlegmatic, purposeless, regardless, stolid, stony, stupid, unconcerned, uninterested, unmindful, unmoved
Eager for (more rarely after) favor, honor, etc.; eager in pursuit.
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I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.
All you earnest young men out to save the world please, have a laugh.
The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. . . .If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
'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 art; to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.'
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.
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- جاد, جديArabic
- капаро, сериозен, задълбочен, добросъвестен, депозитBulgarian
- seriósCatalan, Valencian
- aufrichtig, sehnsüchtig, leidenschaftlich, ernsthaft, ernst, intensivGerman
- intención, serioSpanish
- ardent, sérieuxFrench
- súlyos, komoly, buzgóHungarian
- pressante, zelante, pegno, serio, fervente, desideroso, voglioso, graveItalian
- 本気, 真剣, 真面目Japanese
- sincero, sérioPortuguese
- ревностный, усиленный, серьёзныйRussian
- ȍzbīljan, znȁčājan, vážanSerbo-Croatian
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