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earnestness

[ ur-nist-nis ]
/ ˈɜr nɪst nɪs /
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noun
seriousness and zeal in intention, purpose, or effort: Socrates was a man of great moral earnestness, and exemplified in his own life some of the noblest virtues.
depth and sincerity of feeling: Speak with conviction and earnestness, and the people watching and listening will believe you.
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