We do not doubt the kindness in their hearts nor the earnestness of their intentions.
What surprises him, he said, is the seriousness, the earnestness.
Apparently their capacity for earnestness has reached its limit.
Ryan exuded Midwestern earnestness when Romney picked him, and the press gushed over his P90X workout regimen.
As one of his first questions, Fallon asked Mandel in all earnestness if Mandel had any talent.
Sir, I hope you will not judge my earnestness to be impatience!
Modesty and bounty, said Confucius, truth, earnestness and kindness.
Enthusiasm, devotion, earnestness are names for this possession of the deep thinker by his thought.
There was a ring of earnestness in her voice that evidently surprised him a little.
He spoke with an animation and earnestness that gave an exaggerated importance to every syllable he uttered.
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.