Origin of serious
Examples from the Web for seriousness
If nothing else, the sheer size of the “religious liberty” movement indicates its seriousness of purpose.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’|Jay Michaelson|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But “he was so shocked by the disorganization and lack of seriousness that he submitted his papers to retire.”
It takes the seriousness out of dating and makes casual sex easier to find.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set|Aurora Snow|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anyone who had any doubts about his seriousness soon lost them because it was clear that Peter was hardcore.
How from now on we were going to be seeing in Prince Harry nothing but a model of discretion, seriousness and best behaviour?
He sat by the duchess, and spoke to her in a low voice, and with seriousness.Lothair|Benjamin Disraeli
Carrie looked at him a moment with the faintest touch of surprise at his seriousness.Sister Carrie|Theodore Dreiser
The elevation and delicacy, the sense and seriousness, the beauty and perfection of the whole are astonishing.Amiel's Journal|Henri-Frdric Amiel
Realizing the seriousness with which Berwick regarded the question, he feared lest he had hurt the feelings of his guest.The Great Gold Rush|W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
We may rightfully be reproached also with a somewhat Attic lightness, a lack of perseverance and of seriousness.The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study|Jean-Marie Guyau
British Dictionary definitions for seriousness
Word Origin for serious
Word Origin and History for seriousness (1 of 2)
mid-15c., "expressing earnest purpose or thought" (of persons), from Middle French sérieux "grave, earnest" (14c.), from Late Latin seriosus, from Latin serius "weighty, important, grave," probably from a PIE root *swer- (4) "heavy" (cf. Lithuanian sveriu "to weigh, lift," svarus "heavy;" Old English swære "heavy," German schwer "heavy," Gothic swers "honored, esteemed," literally "weighty"). As opposite of jesting, from 1712; as opposite of light (of music, theater, etc.), from 1762. Meaning "attended with danger" is from 1800.