serious

serious
serious [sir′ē əs]
adj.
[ME seryows < ML seriosus < L serius, grave, orig., prob. weighty, heavy < ? IE base * swer- > OE swær, heavy, sad, Goth swers, important, orig., heavy]
1. of, showing, having, or caused by earnestness or deep thought; earnest, grave, sober, or solemn [a serious person]
2.
a) meaning what one says or does; not joking or trifling; sincere
b) meant in earnestness; not said or done in play
3. concerned with grave, important, or complex matters, problems, etc.; weighty [a serious novel]
4. requiring careful consideration or thought; involving difficulty, effort, or considered action [a serious problem]
5. giving cause for concern; dangerous [a serious wound]
seriously
adv.
seriousness
n.
SYN.- SERIOUS implies absorption in deep thought or involvement in something really important as distinguished from something frivolous or merely amusing [he takes a serious interest in the theater ]; GRAVE1 implies the dignified weightiness of heavy responsibilities or cares [a grave expression on his face ]; SOLEMN suggests an impressive or awe-inspiring seriousness [a solemn ceremony ]; SEDATE1 implies a dignified, proper, sometimes even prim seriousness [a sedate clergyman ]; EARNEST1 suggests a seriousness of purpose marked by sincerity and enthusiasm [an earnest desire to help ]; SOBER implies a seriousness marked by temperance, self-control, emotional balance, etc. [a sober criticism ] -ANT. FRIVOLOUS, FLIPPANT

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