Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Intentness or zeal in the pursuit of anything; eagerness; strong or eager desire; energetic striving: as, to seek or ask with earnestness; to engage in a work with earnestness.
  • noun Anxious care; solicitude; strength of feeling; seriousness: as, a man of great earnestness; the charge was maintained with much earnestness.
  • noun Synonyms 1. Zeal, Enthusiasm, etc. See eagerness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being earnest; intentness; anxiety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being earnest; sincerity; seriousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the trait of being serious
  • noun an earnest and sincere feeling

Etymologies

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earnest +‎ -ness

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