One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘in spite of the seriousness of his expression, Rostov was amused’
solemnity, solemnness, earnestness, graveness, gravity, gravitas, soberness, sobriety, sombreness, sternness, grimness, dourness, humourlessness
thoughtfulness, preoccupation, pensiveness
2‘I stressed the seriousness of the matter’
importance, significance, consequence, momentousness, moment, weightiness, weight
urgency, crucialness, vitalness
3‘he tried to play down the seriousness of his injuries’
severity, severeness, gravity, graveness, acuteness, grievousness, extremity, danger, dangerousness, perilousness
4‘I doubt his seriousness’
earnestness, sincerity, wholeheartedness, genuineness
commitment, firmness, resolution, resolve, determination
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