earnestness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

earnest +‎ -ness

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

earnestness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being earnest; sincerity; seriousness.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[1]
      She’s joined, on the boys’ side, by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), a baker’s son whose earnestness masks a gift for strategy that Katniss lacks.