Associations to the word «Earnest»


EARNEST, noun. Gravity; serious purpose; earnestness.
EARNEST, noun. Seriousness; reality; actuality (as opposed to jesting or feigned appearance); fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
EARNEST, verb. (transitive) To be serious with; use in earnest.
EARNEST, adjective. Serious in speech or action; eager; urgent; importunate; pressing; instant.
EARNEST, adjective. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavour; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; — used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
EARNEST, adjective. Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
EARNEST, adjective. Possessing or characterised by seriousness; strongly bent; intent.
EARNEST, adjective. Strenuous; diligent.
EARNEST, adjective. Serious; weighty; of a serious, weighty, or important nature; not trifling or feigned; important.
EARNEST, noun. A sum of money paid in advance as a deposit; hence, a pledge, a guarantee, an indication of something to come.
EARNEST, proper noun. A male given name, an occasional spelling variant of Ernest.
EARNEST MONEY, noun. Money paid as a deposit to show intent to buy or to reserve an item to be purchased; especially, money accompanying an offer to buy real estate.

Dictionary definition

EARNEST, noun. Something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract.
EARNEST, adjective. 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".
EARNEST, adjective. Earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences".
EARNEST, adjective. Not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal.

Wise words

The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.
Leo Tolstoy