In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(serious)(look/expression) seriohe's terribly earnest — se lo toma todo muy en serio
- Basic errors are repeated time and again, despite fine words and earnest assurances to this committee.
- It will be a serious and earnest review of how well the world has lived up to its obligations to children.
- What his earnest colleagues in the Society made of it I could not tell.
- In fact, I was quickly and forcibly won over by the band's earnest performance.
- As you may have already discovered - and if you have not, give it earnest thought - there is more to life than work.
- It is far too flippant and casual to be taken seriously, and at the same time it is so earnest that it's impossible to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
- In hushed, earnest tones, she spoke of the things her heart desired.
- As he sliced bread for the meal Brother Danny chuckled at the intensely earnest youth.
- She looked so earnest it was hard not to laugh, though out of respect Leah held her laugh.
- The truth was more that the agenda didn't fit with her sincere and earnest style, so why should she change in order to fit it?
- It is only through such earnest conversation that we can hope to approach clarity.
- Meanwhile both governments should make earnest efforts to improve the conditions on their side of the state.
- Sooner or later everyone become convinced of how earnest and truthful he was.
- From her earnest tone and steady gaze, he had no doubts as to the sincerity of her question.
- But laughs are in short supply here: the tone is earnest, lightened only occasionally by very dry wit.
- Instead, earnest students of public policy are expected to read them onscreen as retrieved via the internet.
- He was a very earnest and intense young man, whose character was in keeping with his guitar playing.
- On Friday I debated my theory in deep and earnest detail with a representative of the profession.
- If you are looking for something with all the earnest passion and intensity of a real superhero story, you may have a hard time.
- They were so grateful for my muddled, yet earnest, attempts at educational help that it was a permanent embarrassment to me.
2formal(sincere)(effort/attempt) serio(effort/attempt) concienzudo(wish) ferviente
1(determined, sincere)in earnest — en serio
- she's in earnest about becoming a writer — está seriamente decidida a hacerse escritora
- I'm in deadly earnest — lo digo muy en serio
- work has begun in earnest — el trabajo ha empezado en serio / de verdad
1also earnest moneyfianza feminine
2(guarantee)prenda feminine literary
- It was a touching tribute never since accorded to any other author, and an earnest of the esteem in which he was held.
- It is but a trifle that Sauron fancies, and an earnest of your good will.
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