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Main Entry: se·ri·ous
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·lyadverb - se·ri·ous·nessnoun synonymsSERIOUS, 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>.