Definition of earnestness in English:

earnestness

noun

mass noun
  • Sincere and intense conviction.

    ‘he tells his story with intense earnestness’
    ‘the deadly earnestness of the conversation’
    • ‘His problem was not lack of earnestness or sincerity.’
    • ‘But admirers praise his earnestness, humor and congeniality.’
    • ‘A mask of moral earnestness may well be a PM's best friend.’
    • ‘Whilst few doubt his earnestness, many doubt both his room for manoeuvre and his physical ability.’
    • ‘The film is funny, and sweet, and captures that earnestness that goes so well with teen angst.’
    • ‘At 50, he has a boyish thatch of brown hair and an expression of implacable earnestness.’
    • ‘All these folks bring a serious earnestness to their roles, which nicely matches the show's overall tone.’
    • ‘He invests his character's single-minded quest for meaning with a mixture of childlike earnestness and unpredictable aggression.’
    • ‘Yeah, I'm a cynic, but I don't doubt the earnestness of our heroes.’
    • ‘I was one of those city editors, and I well recall his great earnestness, amounting almost to moral indignation.’

Pronunciation

earnestness

/ˈəːnɪs(t)nəs/