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LampPro Tip 1/3
Not playfulPlay
Use 'earnest' to describe someone's behavior when they are not joking and mean what they say. SlideHis apology was in earnest; he really was remorseful.
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Convey respectPlay
'Earnest' often shows respect for the subject or situation being discussed due to the sincere approach. SlideHer earnest speech at the ceremony moved everyone.
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Emotional weightPlay
When someone speaks in earnest, they convey a sense of importance and concern. SlideListen to me in earnest; this matter affects us all.