[ UK /sˈi‍əɹɪəsnəs/ ]
[ US /ˈsɪɹiəsnəs/ ]
  1. the quality of arousing fear or distress
    he learned the seriousness of his illness
  2. the trait of being serious
    a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness
  3. an earnest and sincere feeling
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How To Use seriousness In A Sentence

  • But this exclamation is hyperbole; we are not speaking in literal seriousness.
  • But to be fair to him, he kept his aplomb and asked me, with great seriousness, if the representation was a true and proportionate likeness. GALILEE
  • When we arrived she was in such a distressed state that we had to treat it with the upmost seriousness.
  • a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness
  • I would have carried my burden more lightly, not been overcome by a spirit of seriousness and of shame.
  • He has a steely-eyed seriousness about comedy, and confidence. Times, Sunday Times
  • Schweiker describes his position as theocentric, but God seems to be a useful symbol that gives human agency seriousness and purpose by checking the unlimited expansion of human power.
  • It's not just the tedium of the job - literally a daily grind, as they mash packets of powder into useable paint - it's the po-faced seriousness with which everyone around them gets on with things.
  • The seriousness of the wrongdoing involved in such offences must be assessed by reference to the interests affected, the remoteness of the harm from the conduct, and culpability.
  • Because of the potential seriousness of the incident, a site alert was announced.
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