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  1. 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.

  2. depth and sincerity of feeling: Speak with conviction and earnestness, and the people watching and listening will believe you.

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