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in earnest


  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv in earnest in a serious manner "talking earnestly with his son","she started studying snakes in earnest","a play dealing seriously with the question of divorce"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • In earnest serious; seriously; not in jest; earnestly.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.”
  • John Keats
    “Failure is in a sense the highway to success, as each discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.”
  • Frederick W. Robertson
    Frederick W. Robertson
    “In God's world, for those who are in earnest, there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.”
  • Mrs. Jamieson
    Mrs. Jamieson
    “What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, changes one frame of mind and for the moment realizes itself.”
  • William James
    “Act in earnest and you will become earnest in all you do.”


In literature:

By heavens, Miss Staveley, no man who has said the same words was ever more in earnest.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
That will be world-wide evangelization in earnest.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
But I do think I am in earnest.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
We heard their voices in earnest talk, and saw that something was going on in their midst.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The breeze freshened, and we went through the water in earnest.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was very much in earnest, and in a very sorry case.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Yet Malcolmson was indubitably in earnest.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
I observed she went to where forty or fifty of the tribe were assembled, in earnest discourse.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Do us at least the justice of supposing we are in earnest in this.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Be in earnest in cultivating a Christlike character.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I went to work in earnest to purchase my freedom, but the years passed, and I was still a slave.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
Here began in earnest the system of charging individuals for losses of Government property.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Ralph is quite in earnest.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The ivory having been extracted and put away in a safe place, the "cutting up" then commenced in earnest.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The girl's heart stood still for an instant at this sudden proposal, before she realised that the manager was not in earnest.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
If she would only be in earnest!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
They were terribly in earnest, and Bradley felt his kinship with them.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
It must also not be forgotten that by this time winter had set in in earnest.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
It seemed absurd to suppose that she could be in earnest; but certainly her face was earnest to solemnity.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
Thus both sides circled about and moved cautiously, waiting for the trouble to begin in earnest.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

In poetry:

Thy hand in mine, thine earnest eyes
Fixed ever on the radiant goal,
Together shall we climb the skies,
And mingle there, one perfect soul.
"A Valentine" by Kate Seymour Maclean
The earnest throbbings of my heart
O'erflood this page, then upward fly,
Where my dear country's fame unfolds
Like golden banners in the sky.
"I Sing To My Country" by Giorgi Leonidze
The eldest, weary of delay,
Resolv'd to open first the way;
Then, part in earnest, part in sport--
"Answer three questions-they're but short."
"The Triple Courtship" by William Hutton
To write some earnest verse or line,
Which, seeking not the praise of art,
Shall make a clearer faith and manhood shine
In the untutored heart.
"An Incident In A Railroad Car" by James Russell Lowell
With open mouth, and earnest strife,
He pleads that, in each stage of life,
He won my soul — and, from a boy,
That I have been in his employ.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
So, I gave her eyes my own eyes to take,
My hand sought hers as in earnest need,
And round she turned for my noble sake,
And gave me herself indeed.
"A Light Woman" by Robert Browning

In news:

Writes Letter Calling For Dispute Resolution Before 'Bowl Games Begin In Earnest'.
Although the news broke yesterday that Metallica were to set to begin work in earnest on a new album in September, drummer Lars Ulrich doesn't want fans to get too anxious about the upcoming release.
Since 1995, astronomers have been hunting in earnest for possible havens for life outside the solar system.
With 10 shopping days until Christmas, it looks as if the deals have begun in earnest, although Flickinger thinks the real deals will begin on Super Saturday and continue through next weekend.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Sidney Crosby Watch, nearing its ninth month, continues in earnest in the Steel City.
Marcia Saunders Moos was born June 22, 1922, in Leith, N.D. To Earnest T and Minnie (Cowan) Saunders, who owned the general store there.
Lene Münch became a photographer before she had even made a photograph in earnest.
Nada Surf (with WATERS), in earnest, at the Old Rock House, Monday, June 25.
David Berg, the company's CEO, told reporters after his annual address to growers that the company will "talk earnestly" if a federal mediator calls for another negotiating session in a contract dispute that has stretched into its 17th month.
We are days away from baseball's annual winter meetings – they begin in earnest Monday, though most of us will be getting to Nashville on Sunday.
The ospreys are beginning to start their nests in earnest, as babies will be coming soon.
Outage started in earnest shortly before 8:30 am Friday.
The holiday season, which starts in earnest this week, may not get any merrier for restaurants.
Three local high school teams begin the second part of their season in earnest In the regular schedule of any high school football team there are actually two seasons, two different mindsets that are at play.
Ready or not, the holidays are upon us, and for most of us they begin in earnest today.

In science:

We are now ready to begin in earnest the construction of the Troot -valued Markov process, X, having the root growth with re-grafting dynamics.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
In 1997 Earnest and Khosravani defined universal Hermitian forms and they sought 13 positive definite binary Hermitian forms over imaginary quadratic fields of class number one .
Simple proofs for universal binary Hermitian lattices
Deceleration due to the combined stellar winds starts in earnest when about half the initial energy has been transferred to the shocked matter, i.e. when it has swept up Γ−1 times its own rest mass.
Short Gamma Ray Bursts and their Afterglow Signatures in Dense Stellar Systems
Antarctic astronomy began to flourish in earnest from 1991, f ollowing the formation in the USA of CARA, the ‘Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica’ at the South Pole, with Doyal Harper, Director of Yerkes Observatory (a part of the University of Chicago), as its first Director.
Astronomy in Antarctica
But it was not until the separation of these events into novae and supernovae by Baade and Zwicky that progress understanding them began in earnest 1 .
Type Ia Supernovae as Stellar Endpoints and Cosmological Tools
Search for Stars in HVCs: The search for stars within HVCs (and especially Compact HVCs) has begun in earnest.
The Infall of Gas onto the Galactic Disk
The Large Hadron Collider will also realize in a single facility the shared goals of particle and nuclear physics [216], on the investigation of new phases of QCD, and on their connection to the realm of low parton-x, whose study began in earnest at HERA.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
Event shape studies began in earnest towards the late seventies as a simple quantitative method to understand the nature of gluon bremsstrahlung [1–5].
Event shapes in e+e- annihilation and deep inelastic scattering
It was to be nearly fifty years before the next advances in astronomy were made there, and it is little more than two decades since Antarctic astrophysics began in earnest.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
The workshops, in which new kaon programs were discussed earnestly, were held in the last 6 months; please visit the Web sites [57, 58, 59, 60] for details. J-PARC, which stands for Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, in the joint pro ject of Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) and KEK.
Rare Kaon Decays - a review of results
Evolution doesn’t begin in earnest until they fall in a larger group or cluster; the classic tale of youth leaving the farm for the big city.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
Before we begin the construction of Φs in earnest, we give a construction which vaguely resembles factoring through a group with maximal Scott complexity (Subsection 5.1, particularly the construction in Definition 5. 2.).
Krull dimension for limit groups II: aligning JSJ decompositions
As a historical note, work on single ion light shifts began in earnest in 2000.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Still, sufficient noise in the polarization will dominate the parity violating effect, so this must be studied in earnest.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
This ambitious programme was begun in earnest following the arrival of high-quality CMB maps made by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) .
Infrared effects in inflationary correlation functions