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1‘he had a serious expression on his face’
solemn, earnest, grave, sober, sombre, unsmiling, poker-faced, stern, grim, dour, humourless, stony-faced
thoughtful, preoccupied, deep in thought, pensive, meditative, ruminative, contemplative, introspective
staid, sedate, studious, bookish
light-hearted, cheerful, jovial
2‘we have some serious decisions to make’
important, significant, consequential, of consequence, momentous, of moment, key, grave, weighty, far-reaching, major
urgent, pressing, crucial, critical, vital, life-and-death, high-priority
no joke, no laughing matter
3‘the president should give serious consideration to this advice’
careful, detailed, in-depth, deep, profound, meaningful
4‘a serious play about Art and Life’
intellectual, highbrow, heavyweight, deep, profound, literary, learned, scholarly, cultured
light, lowbrow, populist
5‘four of the victims received serious injuries’
severe, grave, bad, critical, acute, alarming, worrying, grievous, dreadful, terrible, dire, extreme, dangerous, perilous, precarious
humorous, archaic parlous
6‘is the government serious about developing decent employment opportunities for women?’
in earnest, earnest, sincere, wholehearted, genuine, meaning what one says
committed, firm, resolute, resolved, determined
uncommitted, half-hearted, flippant
7‘she spends serious sums of money’
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