Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun earnest

1 sense of earnest

Sense 1
earnest -- (something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract)
       => security, surety -- (property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation; "bankers are reluctant to lend without good security")

Antonyms of adj earnest

3 senses of earnest

Sense 1
earnest, sincere, solemn -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA serious) -> frivolous -- (not serious in content or attitude or behavior; "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman")

Sense 2
dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt -- (earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences")

INDIRECT (VIA sincere) -> insincere -- (lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere")

Sense 3
businesslike, earnest -- (not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal)

INDIRECT (VIA purposeful) -> purposeless -- (not evidencing any purpose or goal)

Similarity of adj earnest

3 senses of earnest

Sense 1
earnest, sincere, solemn -- (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")
       => serious (vs. frivolous) -- (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!")

Sense 2
dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt -- (earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences")
       => sincere (vs. insincere) -- (open and genuine; not deceitful; "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship")

Sense 3
businesslike, earnest -- (not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal)
       => purposeful (vs. purposeless) -- (serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal)

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