se·ri·ous /ˈsɪrɪəs/ 形容詞
1. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile.
He is always serious, yet there is about his manner a graceful ease. --Macaulay.
2. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving.
3. Important; weighty; not trifling; grave.
The holy Scriptures bring to our ears the most serious things in the world. --Young.
4. Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury.
Syn: -- Grave; solemn; earnest; sedate; important; weighty. See Grave.
-- Se*ri*ous*ly, adv. -- Se*ri*ous*ness, n.
adj 1: concerned with work or important matters rather than play or
trivialities; "a serious student of history"; "a
serious attempt to learn to ski"; "gave me a serious
look"; "a serious young man"; "are you serious or
joking?"; "Don't be so serious!" [ant: frivolous]
2: of great consequence; "marriage is a serious matter"
3: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a
dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave
illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a
serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a
life-threatening disease" [syn: dangerous, grave, grievous,
4: appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book" [syn:
5: completely lacking in playfulness [syn: unplayful, sober]
6: requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to
answer or solve; "raised serious objections to the
proposal"; "the plan has a serious flaw"