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{adj: appealing, imploring, importunate, pleading} expressing earnest entreaty
"the appealing and frightened look worn by an injured dog"
"she holds out her hand for money, importunate, insistent"
"a pleading note in her voice"

{adj: businesslike, earnest} not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

{adj: dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt} earnest
"one's dearest wish"
"devout wishes for their success"
"heartfelt condolences"

{adj: earnest, sincere, solemn} characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
"both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"
"an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"
"a film with a solemn social message"

{adj: real, existent} being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
"real objects"
"real people; not ghosts"
"a film based on real life"
"a real illness"
"real humility"
"Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
<-> unreal

{adv: madly, insanely, deadly, deucedly, devilishly} (used as intensives) extremely
"she was madly in love"
"deadly dull"
"deadly earnest"
"deucedly clever"
"insanely jealous"

{adv: seriously, earnestly, in earnest} in a serious manner
"talking earnestly with his son"
"she started studying snakes in earnest"
"a play dealing seriously with the question of divorce"

{n: adjuration} a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something

{n: attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try} earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
"made an effort to cover all the reading material"
"wished him luck in his endeavor"
"she gave it a good try"

{n: earnest money, arles} money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract

{n: earnestness, seriousness, sincerity} an earnest and sincere feeling

{n: earnest} something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract

{n: entreaty, prayer, appeal} earnest or urgent request
"an entreaty to stop the fighting"
"an appeal for help"
"an appeal to the public to keep calm"

{n: exhortation, incitement} the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion

{n: expostulation, remonstrance, remonstration, objection} the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest

{n: urgency} the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity

{v: supplicate} make a humble, earnest petition
"supplicate for permission"

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