Definition of Seriousness

1. Noun. An earnest and sincere feeling.

Exact synonyms: Earnestness, Sincerity
Generic synonyms: Gravity, Solemnity
Derivative terms: Earnest, Sincere



2. Noun. The quality of arousing fear or distress. "He learned the seriousness of his illness"
Exact synonyms: Distressfulness
Generic synonyms: Badness, Severeness, Severity
Derivative terms: Distressful, Serious

3. Noun. The trait of being serious. "A lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"

Definition of Seriousness

1. Noun. a state of being serious ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Seriousness

1. [n -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Seriousness

serinol
serins
seriocomedies
seriocomedy
seriocomic
seriocomical
seriocomically
seriograph
seriography
serioscopy
serious
serious-minded
serious-mindedness
serious music
seriously
seriousness
seriousnesses
seriph
seriphs
serir
serirs
seriscission
serjeant
serjeant-at-arms
serjeant-at-law
serjeanties
serjeantries
serjeantry
serjeants
serjeanty

Literary usage of Seriousness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The works of William Paley by William Paley (1823)
"This cannot exist without seriousness upon the subject. ... difficulty in producing seriousness amongst his hearers, than in any other part of his office. ..."

2. Sermons on Several Subjects by William Paley (1808)
"THE first requisite in religion is seriousness. No impression can be made without it. An orderly life, so far as others are able to observe, is now and then ..."

3. Life and Correspondence of the Rev. William Smith, D. D.: First Provost of by Horace Wemyss Smith (1880)
"We note primarily that, solemn and serious as most of Dr. Smith's pulpit discourses are, these are characterized by solemnity and seriousness beyond the ..."

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