What does Earnest mean?

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Proper noun
  1. A male given name, an occasional spelling variant of Ernest.
Name
  1. A male given name of Teutonic origin.
    1. (meaning, history) The serious, earnest one.
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Earnest questions are raised over the coercive nature of police interrogations.
The Importance of Being Earnest is regarded in some circles as being Wilde's best work.
She gives her character's heroic fantasies about the scoundrel Earnest an honest dignity without becoming farcical.
A devoted churchwoman, James discusses her religious formation and her faith in her recent memoir, Time to Be in Earnest.
Earnest and zealous in his efforts to upbuild the church, his labors wrought good results.
In the late 1980s, the United States participated in Operation Earnest Will, reflagging Kuwaiti tankers under the Stars and Stripes and escorting them into the Gulf.

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