Ear·nest n. Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
Take heed that this jest do not one day turn to earnest. --Sir P. Sidney.
And given in earnest what I begged in jest. --Shak.
In earnest, serious; seriously; not in jest; earnestly.
adj : characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity
of your opinions; "both sides were deeply in earnest,
even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel
tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message" [syn: earnest,
in earnest(p), sincere, solemn]
adv : in a serious manner; "talking earnestly with his son"; "she
started studying snakes in earnest"; "a play dealing
seriously with the question of divorce" [syn: seriously,