Difference between intentness-earnest and earnest




  1. sincerely earnest
  2. not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
  3. characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions


  1. something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract


We may earnestly believe that they're wrong - whether they're non-Christians, heretics, apostates, agnostics, atheists, or what have you.

My hair was matted and wild -- my limbs soiled with salt ooze; while at sea, I had thrown off those of my garments that encumbered me, and the rain drenched the thin summer-clothing I had retained -- my feet were bare, and the stunted reeds and broken shells made them bleed -- the while, I hurried to and fro, now looking earnestly on some distant rock which, islanded in the sands, bore for a moment a deceptive appearance -- now with flashing eyes reproaching the murderous ocean for its unutterable cruelty.

John Malkovich's clever turn as the trainer Lucien Laurin leavens the earnest material.

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