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serious-mindedness

Definitions

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  • n. the trait of being serious

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Okay, maybe we have to be touching and be in the right frame of serious-mindedness.

    Arcane Circle

  • His drily funny commentary can't hide a serious-mindedness, and he encourages, rather than undercuts, the reverence in which his once-anarchic comedies are now held.

    John Cleese - review

  • Its impeccable serious-mindedness is nothing to scoff at; what some saw as ponderous now seems merely prescient.

    2001: A Space Odyssey: No 1

  • And one that breathes a pleasant wind of freshness and revolt in an era where we are constantly confronted with stupidity, cowardice, or simply the serious-mindedness of French ideological crowing.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: And Iran? Utopia's Understanding of the Word Culture. Hands up, With Romain Goupil

  • They considered us so earnest, so ploddingly literal in all our endeavours, that they attempted to upend our serious-mindedness with light-as-a-feather irony, in which nothing they said seemed weighted with importance … even though everything they were telling you was consequential.

    A Special Relationship

  • I have little patience for that sort of Mrs. Jellyby serious-mindedness.

    readersguide Diary Entry

  • And at that moment all doubt of Betty's serious-mindedness departed.

    The Man Thou Gavest

  • Yankee -- a happy suggestion of righteous, plain, serious-mindedness, protected against the wiles of human society -- and able to protect others -- by a canny intelligence.

    Unleavened Bread

  • His widow made her home with a bachelor brother on a farm near Brandon, and the boy's early years were passed in an environment familiar to readers of American biography -- the simplicity, the poverty, the industry, and the serious-mindedness of rural New England.

    Stephen Arnold Douglas

  • All the same, her serious-mindedness is tempered by a sense of humour and an eye for the more shocking aspects of youth culture.

    Evening Standard - Home

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