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  • Thomas M'Crie was born and nursed in the class of Secession called "Anti-burghers" during the time when it still retained much of the primitive earnestness and simplicity of the old days of the covenant. he wrote to them a letter, earnestly dissuading them from the measure. — “Thomas M'Crie the Elder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,
  • He at length said, very earnestly, 'If what you have told me is really a correct view of this great subject, I think I can say with sincerity He at length said, very earnestly, " If what you have told me is. — “Talk:Abraham Lincoln and religion - Wikipedia, the free”,
  • The presence of irony does not necessarily mean that the earnestness is excluded. This page was last modified on 8 May 2008 at 23:25. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may. — “User:Ironic Iron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,


  • The Jew sat with his mouth agape, and his eyes fixed on the savage baron with such earnestness of terror, that his frame seemed literally to shrink together, and to diminish in size while encountering the fierce Norman's fixed and baleful gaze. — “Ivanhoe” by Sir Walter Scott
  • The two horses came up close to me, looking with great earnestness upon my face and hands. — “Gulliver's Travels” by Jonathan Swift
  • Slop a second time, and with a degree of more zeal and earnestness in his manner of wishing, than he had wished at first (Vide.))–'I wish, Dr. — “Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne
  • My mother, this is not a contest of words, but intervening time is fruitlessly wasted; and thy earnestness avails nothing; for we shall not agree in any other way, than on the terms proposed, that I holding the sceptre be monarch of this land. — “Medea” by Euripides
  • But, had you peeped at them through the chinks of the garden-fence, the young man's earnestness and heightened color might have led you to suppose that he was making love to the young girl! — “The House of the Seven Gables” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The earnestness of his denials was amusing, and at last I said, "My dear fellow, you don't suppose I believe this." He looked at me quite startled. "Well, no! I suppose not," he said, and burst into a Homeric peal of laughter. "Well, anyhow the guns were there, and went off all together at sunrise. — “Lord Jim” by Joseph Conrad


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