What does Earnest mean?

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Proper noun
  1. A male given name, an occasional spelling variant of Ernest.
  1. A male given name of Teutonic origin.
    1. (meaning, history) The serious, earnest one.
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Has the hanky joined the gold Albert and the gentleman's sovereign-case, objects surviving only as props in The Forsyte Saga and The Importance of Being Earnest?
Earnest attempts at spin aside, the facts lead directly to accusations of a flip-flop.
Earnest questions are raised over the coercive nature of police interrogations.
The director goes one step further with his contemporary spin by garbing actors with clothes that look like something out of The Importance of Being Earnest.
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.
Jack has meanwhile proposed to Gwendolen in town, also under the name of Earnest.

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