Ryan prefers the aw-shucks understatement of an earnestly furrowed brow.
Reverend Graham drew the meeting to a close by earnestly thanking the president for making the trip up the mountain.
They were earnestly asked to leave, and they responded with picturesque figures of speech.
It is hard to think of an equivalent actress today who would so earnestly engage in self-accounting and improving her mind.
Neither exists without the other, they explained, earnestly.
"You got three folks standin' by you, kid," continued Andy, earnestly.
"You know I don't wish you to be degraded," Nan broke in, earnestly.
I was away when this was done, and I wish to assure you most earnestly that I had nothing to do with it.
And she earnestly implored me to get her into some nunnery, where she might be safe.
Henry talked to him earnestly, but the Major shook his head.
from Old English eornoste (adj.) "zealous," or from Old English noun eornost "seriousness, serious intent" (surviving only in the phrase in earnest), from Proto-Germanic *ern "vigor, briskness" (cf. Old Saxon ernust, Old High German arnust "seriousness, firmness, struggle," German Ernst "seriousness;" Gothic arniba "safely, securely;" Old Norse ern "able, vigorous," jarna "fight, combat"). The proper name Ernest (literally "resolute") is from the same root. Related: Earnestly; earnestness.
The Spirit is the earnest of the believer's destined inheritance (2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14). The word thus rendered is the same as that rendered "pledge" in Gen. 38:17-20; "indeed, the Hebrew word has simply passed into the Greek and Latin languages, probably through commercial dealings with the Phoenicians, the great trading people of ancient days. Originally it meant no more than a pledge; but in common usage it came to denote that particular kind of pledge which is a part of the full price of an article paid in advance; and as it is joined with the figure of a seal when applied to the Spirit, it seems to be used by Paul in this specific sense." The Spirit's gracious presence and working in believers is a foretaste to them of the blessedness of heaven. God is graciously pleased to give not only pledges but foretastes of future blessedness.