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Synonyms for earnest
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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.

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

    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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. earnest

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

    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

    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"

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

    frivolous, insincere, purposeless

  3. dear, devout, earnest, heartfeltadjective


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

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

    insincere, purposeless, frivolous

  4. businesslike, earnestadjective

    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

    sincere, businesslike, devout, solemn, heartfelt, dear

    insincere, frivolous, purposeless

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. earnestadjective

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

  2. earnestadjective

    intent, steady, fixed, close

  3. earnestnoun

    seriousness, reality, not a jest

  4. earnestnoun

    pledge, first-fruits

  5. earnestnoun


Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. earnestadjective

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

  2. earnestnoun

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


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How to use earnest in a sentence?

  1. Confucius:

    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.

  2. Kevin Hochman:

    We don't see chicken as the big trend right now, but we are definitely looking at it in earnest and meeting with the big suppliers of alternative proteins to understand the market and where it's headed.

  3. President Obama:

    When the president decides that we'll take on a challenge that Washington has represented fortoo long, the special interests, including millionaires and billionaires who have benefited, start to squeal, said Earnest, the White House press secretary. In this case, one billionaire chose to squeal to a Politico reporter.

  4. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang:

    China has already conducted an earnest investigation and we have also given initial feedback to the U.S. side, currently, we have not found any reasons or clues leading to the situation described by the United States.


    Expectation is a strong belief that something will happen or be the case. Now, what has been or could be your expectation? Could it be fame or obscruity, greatness or commonness, riches or poverty, grace or disgrace, mess or mercy, success or failure? However, in case you don't know, the scripture says that your expectations shall not be cut off or denied, scripture reference (Proverbs 24:14, Proverbs 23:18). Although, your expectations may be delayed, but the delay will be just for a while. Yes! all your godly, earnest and positive expectations will definitely or surely materialize. It is a matter of time and provided you are patient enough with God. ~Emeasoba George

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