Definition of seriousness in English:

seriousness

noun

  • The quality or state of being serious.

    ‘we are aware of the seriousness of the situation’
    ‘she replied with deadly seriousness’
    • ‘Calls are supposed to be dealt with by nurses who assess the seriousness of cases before advising callers what to do.’
    • ‘Victims and campaign groups believe the crime has not been treated with sufficient seriousness.’
    • ‘This action marks the change to a new seriousness on both sides of the struggle.’
    • ‘Despite the seriousness of the problems, surgeons were confident the operation had gone well.’
    • ‘At first the idea seems cold and distant, perhaps robbing death of its seriousness.’
    solemnity, solemnness, earnestness, graveness, gravity, gravitas, soberness, sobriety, sombreness, sternness, grimness, dourness, humourlessness
    importance, significance, consequence, momentousness, moment, weightiness, weight
    severity, severeness, gravity, graveness, acuteness, grievousness, extremity, danger, dangerousness, perilousness
    earnestness, sincerity, wholeheartedness, genuineness
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Phrases

  • 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.’
      • ‘In all seriousness, talking is the new sex.’
      • ‘In all seriousness, however, he said he always dreamed of becoming a famous artist.’
      • ‘In all seriousness, I'm loving the other guest bloggers.’
      • ‘In all seriousness, he asks a great question.’
      • ‘He believes in all seriousness that within five years he will be able to graft wings on to a human being's body.’
      • ‘Victory, however, was not, in all seriousness, an option.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

seriousness

/ˈsɪriəsnəs//ˈsirēəsnəs/