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Synonyms for earnestˈɜr nɪst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earnest(adj)

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

    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"

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

    frivolous, insincere, purposeless

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


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

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

    insincere, purposeless, frivolous

  4. businesslike, earnest(adj)

    not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

    sincere, businesslike, devout, earnest, solemn, heartfelt, dear

    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.

    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.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. earnest(a.)

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

  2. earnest(a.)

    intent, steady, fixed, close

  3. earnest(n.)

    seriousness, reality, not a jest

  4. earnest(n.)

    pledge, first-fruits

  5. earnest(n.)


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List of paraphrases:

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

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