earnestness
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɝnɪstnəs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɜːnɪstnəs/
Noun

earnestness

  1. The quality of being earnest; sincerity; seriousness.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-hunger-games,71293/]
      She’s joined, on the boys’ side, by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), a baker’s son whose earnestness masks a gift for strategy that Katniss lacks.



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