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[sem-ee-seer-ee-uh s, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈsɪər i əs, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
having some seriousness; partly serious.
Origin of semiserious
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semiseriously, adverb
semiseriousness, noun Unabridged
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  • The semi-serious conclusion might have been uttered by himself, and he approved the tone without recognising the model.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • This is a sort of half-way house between Cleveland's burlesques and his serious or semi-serious poems like Fuscara.

  • She and the General had been girl and boy together, and as they came to eighteen and nineteen had been semi-serious sweethearts.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
  • All their talks together—now grave, now semi-serious, now wholly gay—she delighted to dwell upon.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • She seemed to treat even her own grievances in this semi-serious way—one of them certainly, if her husband were one.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • Now began one of these semi-comic, semi-serious adventures which seem to dog my footsteps.

  • He wanted to laugh, and he found occasion for doing so under the most serious, or at least semi-serious, circumstances.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
  • Her quick ear heard, and she turned, semi-serious, questioning him with raised eyebrows.

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
  • The corn-cutter spoke with a semi-serious, semi-jesting air that made Gazonal shudder.

    Unconscious Comedians Honore de Balzac

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