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The quality or state of being serious.‘we are aware of the seriousness of the situation’‘she replied with deadly seriousness’
solemnity, solemnness, earnestness, graveness, gravity, gravitas, soberness, sobriety, sombreness, sternness, grimness, dourness, humourlessnessimportance, significance, consequence, momentousness, moment, weightiness, weightseverity, severeness, gravity, graveness, acuteness, grievousness, extremity, danger, dangerousness, perilousnessearnestness, sincerity, wholeheartedness, genuinenessView synonyms
- ‘Despite the seriousness of the problems, surgeons were confident the operation had gone well.’
- ‘This action marks the change to a new seriousness on both sides of the struggle.’
- ‘Calls are supposed to be dealt with by nurses who assess the seriousness of cases before advising callers what to do.’
- ‘At first the idea seems cold and distant, perhaps robbing death of its seriousness.’
- ‘Victims and campaign groups believe the crime has not been treated with sufficient seriousness.’
in all seriousness
Very seriously; not as a joke.‘I ask this question in all seriousness’
- ‘I must ask you, in all seriousness, to stop this business.’
- ‘Victory, however, was not, in all seriousness, an option.’
- ‘In all seriousness, however, he said he always dreamed of becoming a famous artist.’
- ‘In all seriousness, I'm loving the other guest bloggers.’
- ‘He believes in all seriousness that within five years he will be able to graft wings on to a human being's body.’
- ‘In all seriousness, this is a real problem.’
- ‘I am, in all seriousness, tired of being a grown up.’
- ‘I ask you in all seriousness to reconsider your ruling.’
- ‘In all seriousness, talking is the new sex.’
- ‘In all seriousness, he asks a great question.’
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