Definition of Serious

1. Adjective. Concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities. "Don't be so serious!"




2. Adjective. Of great consequence. "Marriage is a serious matter"
Similar to: Important, Of Import
Derivative terms: Seriousness

3. Adjective. Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm. "A life-threatening disease"
Exact synonyms: Dangerous, Grave, Grievous, Life-threatening, Severe
Similar to: Critical
Derivative terms: Dangerousness, Seriousness, Severeness

4. Adjective. Appealing to the mind. "A serious book"
Exact synonyms: Good
Similar to: Intellectual
Derivative terms: Goodness

5. Adjective. Completely lacking in playfulness.
Exact synonyms: Sober, Unplayful
Attributes: Fun, Playfulness
Derivative terms: Seriousness, Soberness
Antonyms: Playful

6. Adjective. Requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve. "The plan has a serious flaw"
Similar to: Difficult, Hard

Definition of Serious

1. a. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile.

Definition of Serious

1. Adjective. Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn. ¹

2. Adjective. Important; weighty; not trifling; leaving no room for play; needing great attention; critical. ¹

3. Adjective. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving; meaningful. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Serious

1. thoughtful or subdued in appearance or manner [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Serious

serines
serinette
sering
seringa
seringas
serinol
serins
seriocomedies
seriocomedy
seriocomic
seriocomical
seriocomically
seriograph
seriography
serioscopy
serious (current term)
serious-minded
serious-mindedness
serious music
seriously
seriousness
seriousnesses
seriph
seriphs
serir
serirs
seriscission
serjeant
serjeant-at-arms
serjeant-at-law

Literary usage of Serious

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

1. Play in Education by Joseph Lee (1915)
"PLAY IJST EDUCATION BOOK I. PLAY IS GROWTH CHAPTER I PLAY IS serious IF you will watch a ... To say that baseball is serious is to understate the case. ..."

2. Play in Education by Joseph Lee (1915)
"PLAY IN EDUCATION BOOK I. PLAY IS GROWTH CHAPTER I PLAY IS serious IF you will watch a child ... To say that baseball is serious is to understate the case. ..."

3. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... and there the serious corruption, if there be any serious corruption of the line, must lie. Suspecting then the soundness ..."

4. The Works of George Bull: D. D., Lord Bishop of St. David's by George Bull, Edward Burton, Robert Nelson (1827)
"The evil days, the days and times of our affliction and trouble, are in God's design the proper seasons of recollection and serious consideration. III. ..."

5. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"Chr. Why, go to him, and enter into some serious discourse about the power of religion; and ask him plainly (when he has approved of it, for that he will), ..."

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