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se·ri·ous Pronunciation: 'sir-E-&s Function: adjective Etymology: Middle English seryows, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French serieux, from Late Latin seriosus, alteration of Latin serius weighty, serious; probably akin to Old English sw[AE]r heavy, sad Date: 15th century 1 : thoughtful or subdued in appearance or manner : SOBER 2 a : requiring much thought or work b : of or relating to a matter of importance 3 a : not joking or trifling : being in earnest b archaic : PIOUS c : deeply interested : DEVOTED 4 a : not easily answered or solved b : having important or dangerous possible consequences 5 : excessive or impressive in quantity, extent, or degree : CONSIDERABLE - se·ri·ous·ness noun synonyms SERIOUS, GRAVE, SOLEMN, SEDATE, STAID, SOBER, EARNEST mean not light or frivolous. SERIOUS implies a concern for what really matters . GRAVE implies both seriousness and dignity in expression or attitude . SOLEMN suggests an impressive gravity utterly free from levity . SEDATE implies a composed and decorous seriousness . STAID suggests a settled, accustomed sedateness and prim self-restraint . SOBER stresses seriousness of purpose and absence of levity or frivolity . EARNEST suggests sincerity or often zealousness of purpose .

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