Earnest vs Tenacious - What's the difference?
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Earnest is a related term of tenacious.
As a proper noun earnest
is , an occasional spelling variant of ernest.
As an adjective tenacious is
clinging to an object or surface; adhesive.
From (etyl) ernest, eornest, from (etyl) eornest, eornost, .
Gravity; serious purpose; earnestness.
* Sir Philip Sidney
- Take heed that this jest do not one day turn to earnest .
Seriousness; reality; actuality (as opposed to jesting or feigned appearance); fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
- given in earnest what I begged in jest
* in earnest
To be serious with; use in earnest.
* 1602 , Pastor Fido:
- Let's prove among ourselves our armes in jest, That when we come to earnest them with men, We may them better use.
From (etyl) eornest, from (etyl) .
Serious in speech or action; eager; urgent; importunate; pressing; instant.
Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavour; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; — used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers .
Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention .
Possessing or characterised by seriousness; strongly bent; intent.
- an earnest disposition
Serious; weighty; of a serious, weighty, or important nature; not trifling or feigned; important.
- earnest efforts
Of uncertain origin; apparently related to (erres). Compare also (l).
A sum of money paid in advance as a deposit; hence, a pledge, a guarantee, an indication of something to come.
* 1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 365:
- But if all this was viewed by Gladstone and the Cabinet as an earnest of St Petersburg's future good intentions in Central Asia, then disillusionment was soon to follow.
* earnest money
clinging to an object or surface; adhesive
unwilling to yield or give up; dogged
holding together; cohesive
having a good memory; retentive
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