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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Earnestness


EARNESTNESS, noun ern'estness. Ardor or zeal in the pursuit of any thing; eagerness; animated desire; as, to seek or ask with earnestness; to engage in a work with earnestness

1. Anxious care; solicitude; intenseness of desire.

2. Fixed desire or attention; seriousness; as, the charge was maintained with a show of gravity and earnestness