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.