earnest

Part of speech: adjective

Serious; important.

Part of speech: adverb

Earnestly.

Part of speech: noun

Earnestness.

Part of speech: noun

Seriousness: reality.

Part of speech: adjective

Zealous; fervent.

Part of speech: noun

Money paid in advance to bind a bargain; an assurance of something to come.

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Usage examples "earnest":

  1. Father Jervis had come to him as he had promised, for half an hour's good talk before lunch; and they had spent a very earnest thirty minutes together. - "Dawn of All", Robert Hugh Benson.
  2. What shall I read to- night- Earnest Maltravers? - "The House of Toys", Henry Russell Miller.
  3. The last words were said with such an accent of earnest determination, that Mr. Wharncliffe again had almost smiled at his scholar; but he did not. - "Trading", Susan Warner.