In earnest
Earnest Ear"nest ([~e]r"n[e^]st), n. [AS. eornost, eornest; akin to OHG. ernust, G. ernst; cf. Icel. orrosta battle, perh. akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to excite, L. oriri to rise.] Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness. [1913 Webster]

Take heed that this jest do not one day turn to earnest. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

And given in earnest what I begged in jest. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{In earnest}, serious; seriously; not in jest; earnestly. [1913 Webster]


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  • in earnest — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} Seriously; in a determined way. * /The beaver was building his dam in earnest./ * /Bill did his homework in earnest./ Often used like a predicate adjective. Sometimes used with dead , for emphasis. * /Betty s friends thought …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in earnest — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} Seriously; in a determined way. * /The beaver was building his dam in earnest./ * /Bill did his homework in earnest./ Often used like a predicate adjective. Sometimes used with dead , for emphasis. * /Betty s friends thought …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in earnest — ► in earnest with sincere and serious intention. Main Entry: ↑earnest …   English terms dictionary

  • in\ earnest — adv or adj. phr. Seriously; in a determined way. The beaver was building his dam in earnest. Bill did his homework in earnest. Often used like a predicate adjective. Sometimes used with dead , for emphasis. Betty s friends thought she was joking… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • in earnest — 1) more seriously, or with more energy and determination than before She was crying in earnest now. After the rainy season, building work can begin in earnest. 2) serious and meaning what you say When I said I wanted to help you, I was in earnest …   English dictionary

  • in earnest — 1. adjective Sincere; determined; truthful. I wasnt in earnest. I only brought it in joke. 2. adverb Seriously; sincerely, in a significant manner; with consid …   Wiktionary

  • in earnest — with full effort and attention. Peace talks began in earnest after four days of bloody fighting in September. Usage notes: usually used to emphasize a change from a period of less effort or attention: The presidential campaign began in earnest on …   New idioms dictionary

  • in earnest — 1) we are in earnest about stopping crime Syn: serious, sincere, wholehearted, genuine; committed, firm, resolute, determined 2) he started writing in earnest Syn: zealously, purposefully, determinedly …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • in earnest — adverb in a serious manner talking earnestly with his son she started studying snakes in earnest a play dealing seriously with the question of divorce • Syn: ↑seriously, ↑earnestly • Derived from adjective: ↑earnest …   Useful english dictionary

  • in earnest — to a greater extent or more intensely than before. ↘sincere and serious in intention. → earnest …   English new terms dictionary

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