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serious

Definitions

  • Anything serious to report
    Anything serious to report
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj serious 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"
    • adj serious requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve "raised serious objections to the proposal","the plan has a serious flaw"
    • adj serious of great consequence "marriage is a serious matter"
    • adj serious appealing to the mind "good music","a serious book"
    • adj serious 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!"
    • adj serious completely lacking in playfulness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sap of a banana plant leaves serious stains on hands and clothes that is extremely hard to remove
    • Serious 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."
    • Serious Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury.
    • Serious Important; weighty; not trifling; grave. "The holy Scriptures bring to our ears the most serious things in the world."
    • Serious Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: For the blockbuster movie "The Terminator," O.J. Simpson was considered to play the role of the Terminator, but producers did not choose him as they thought he would not be taken seriously
    • serious Grave in feeling, manner, or disposition; solemn; earnest; not light, gay, or volatile; of things, springing from, expressing, or inducing gravity or earnestness of feeling.
    • serious In earnest; not jesting or making pretense.
    • serious Important; weighty; not trifling.
    • serious Attended with danger; giving rise to apprehension: as, a serious illness.
    • serious Deeply impressed with the importance of religion; making profession of or pretension to religion.
    • serious Synonyms Solemn, etc. See grave.
    • serious Sedate, staid, sober, earnest.
    • serious Great, momentous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Britain’s House of Commons, the government and opposition sides of the House are separated by two red lines. The distance between the lines is two swords’ lengths, a reminder of just how seriously the Brits used to take their politics.
    • adj Serious sē′ri-us solemn: in earnest: important: attended with danger: weighty: professedly religious
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Quotations

  • Arthur Rimbaud
    Arthur%20Rimbaud
    “When you are seventeen you aren't really serious.”
  • Ad Reinhardt
    Ad Reinhardt
    “Art is too serious to be taken seriously.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.”
  • Paul Valery
    Paul%20Valery
    “Serious people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.”
  • Joan Baez
    Joan Baez
    “All serious daring starts from within.”
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel%20Butler
    “The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. serius,: cf. F. sérieux, LL. seriosus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. serieux—L. serius, akin to severus, severe.

Usage

In literature:

He had come to a ship on which were forty men either dead or seriously wounded.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
In this book Dickens has not allowed us to love the most absurd people seriously, and absurd people ought to be loved seriously.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
No one else, in fact, had ever been seriously talked of, save John Jay in 1786.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
But these are utterances inspired by the occasion, which one should not take too seriously.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
His wicked black eyes were serious, and, in their seriousness, were never more wicked.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
His clear eyes were more than serious.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Janetta did not often go there, and felt as if some rather serious communication were to be made.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
His generation was idler and took itself less seriously than ours.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Bankruptcy was no longer a threatening phantom, but a menacing reality of the most serious nature.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The operation of this court was liable to serious constitutional objections.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
THE NOSE, EYE, EAR, THROAT, are frequently very seriously compromised as a result of the syphilitic poison.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
DO think of this, seriously, at leisure.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
On the 12th of September a more serious assault was made upon Baltimore.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
I didn't think you'd take me seriously.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
It's about something important; something very serious.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
She did not see that Rupert was a little too serious to be taken quite seriously.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
That some happenings of a surely serious nature had taken place the night before was certain.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
He felt that it was a man's place to think seriously, if serious thought were needed.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was impossible for any one but the sufferer to take such an adventure seriously.
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
Herbert chooses to laugh, but I can't laugh; it is much too serious for that.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
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In poetry:

But upon thy youthful forehead
Something like a shadow lies;
And a serious soul is looking
From thy earnest eyes.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
The years are many since his hand
Was laid upon my head,
Too weak and young to understand
The serious words he said.
"William Forster" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And I have loved the setting sun,
E'en than his rising beams more dear;
'Tis fitting time for serious thought,
It is an hour for solemn prayer.
"Autumn And Sunset" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Ah, me! — not dies — no more than spirit dies;
But in a change like death is clothed with wings;
A serious angel, with entranced eyes,
Looking to far-off and celestial things.
"The Past" by Henry Timrod
His looks a serious sweetness wear,
As if upon that unseen way,
Those baby hands that lightly bear
Garlands, and festive tokens gay,
For but a glance,—a touch sufficed,—
Had met and touched the infant Christ!
"New Year 1868" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Did e'er a gleam of Love's sweet ray
Across thy beaming countenance play,—
Or joy its seriousness beguile,
And o'er it cast a radiant smile,—
And mine with kindred joy, the while,
Not glow as bright as thine, Love?
"Love's Challenge" by Thomas Cooper

In news:

What started last summer as a serious problem in a little-known -- but not so little -- corner of the US mortgage market has blossomed into a worldwide financial panic, the sort we read about in history books.
Thankfully, these anchors didn't have to move on to a serious story.
Jake Owen brought some serious twang to the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Do you think global warming is a serious concern.
The case of a College Park man arrested in Duluth this week illustrates that holding yourself out as a police officer, even in passing, can bring serious consequences.
It only took me a good nine months to do so but with the award season coming up I'm trying to give a good look to all the serious contenders ( Bomb, I'm gunning for you next).
Serious bass at high volumes.
With the launch of RealNetworks' RealJukebox, my PC has moved into the ranks of serious music machines.
A woman visiting Ponte Vedra Beach is in serious.
Troopers from the Brattleboro barracks of the Vermont State Police investigated a few crashes on Thursday but reported no serious injuries.
But, seriously, wouldn't you rather have something you can just toss in a napkin as you head out the door to face another long Tuesday.
Is Israel serious in saying it might soon attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
When To Take It Seriously.
(Seriously, look at the line, as photographed by Sovietsky Sport.
"This will be the second bomb threat and I have been here for twenty years and I take any bomb threat seriously," says UTB Police Chief John Cardoza.
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In science:

Passing to this dual setting does not present serious difficulties.
Equivariant Cyclic Cohomology of H-Algebras
If τin were positive then we were faced with a very serious problem since τ = 0 at present.
Comments on the paper astro-ph/0103335 by C Rubano and P Scudellaro
We shall be able to avoid any serious use of descriptive set theory, except for Shoenfield absoluteness.
A simple proof of \Sigma^1_3 correctness of K
Those classified as α4 s are the non-resonant but most serious ”QCD backgrounds”.
[email protected]_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
If a large DP is periodically unavailable, this can be a serious problem for harvesting. A recent research points out that a significant number of DPs could not be harvested in the testing period .
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
Many aspects of this theory have been analyzed so far. But still there are serious open questions. For example R.
On the Lorentz Invariant Gravitation Field Theory
The violation of general covariance causes serious problems to the foundations of general relativity.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
The violation of general covariance causes serious problems to the foundations of general relativity.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
Unfortunately, the high redshift measures concern only the UV band, which is the most seriously affected by dust extinction effects (Adelberger & Steidel 2000).
The cosmic evolution of the galaxy luminosity density
This procedure, which on the other hand can be seriously ob jected, does not solve the above stated problem.
Generally covariant Quantum Mechanics
But we have presented serious ob jections to this assumption.
Generally covariant Quantum Mechanics
This is a serious issue in the theory of chaotic quantum systems where no analytical expressions for the eigenfunctions exist, and approximate methods are required.
Semiclassical Construction of Random Wave Functions for Confined Systems
An alternative is to stick to the initial basis of isotropic sectors but to take seriously into account the necessary modification of the rhombus rules for degenerate rhombuses.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
Since such correlation follow from almost every model and since experimentally it is not true, that the correlation function depends only on q (cf. e.g. and references quoted there) this is a serious weakness of the model.
Inferences from Bose-Einstein correlations in multiple particle production processes
This restriction does not cause a serious problem in the proof of Theorem 1.
An estimate about multiple stochastic integrals with respect to a normalized empirical measure
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