Synonyms for earnest

Synonyms for (noun) earnest

Synonyms: earnest

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

Similar words: surety, security

Definition: property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation

Usage: bankers are reluctant to lend without good security

Synonyms for (adj) earnest

Synonyms: earnest, businesslike

Definition: not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

Similar words: purposeful

Definition: serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal

Synonyms: sincere, solemn, earnest

Definition: characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

Usage: both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate; an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant; a film with a solemn social message

Similar words: serious

Definition: concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities

Usage: a serious student of history; a serious attempt to learn to ski; gave me a serious look; a serious young man; are you serious or joking?; Don't be so serious!

Synonyms: devout, dear, earnest, heartfelt

Definition: earnest

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

Similar words: sincere

Definition: open and genuine; not deceitful

Usage: he was a good man, decent and sincere; felt sincere regret that they were leaving; sincere friendship

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