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Main Entry: se·ri·ous
Pronunciation: primarystresssir-emacron-schwas
Function: adjective
1 : thoughtful or quiet in appearance or manner
2 a : requiring much thought or work <serious study> b : of or relating to a matter of importance <a serious novel>
3 : not joking or funny
4 : having important or dangerous possible consequences <a serious injury>
- se·ri·ous·ly adverb
- se·ri·ous·ness noun
synonyms SERIOUS, SOLEMN, EARNEST mean not funny or not playful. SERIOUS suggests being concerned about really important things <doctors are serious about finding a cure>. SOLEMN stresses dignity along with full seriousness <a sad and solemn occasion>. EARNEST stresses that one is sincere and has serious intentions <an earnest student working hard for good grades>.

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