Ear·nest·ness, n. The state or quality of being earnest; intentness; anxiety.
An honest earnestness in the young man's manner. --W. Irving.
n 1: an earnest and sincere feeling [syn: seriousness, sincerity]
2: the trait of being serious; "a lack of solemnity is not
necessarily a lack of seriousness"- Robert Rice [syn: seriousness,
serious-mindedness, sincerity] [ant: frivolity]