What is the opposite of earnest?

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Adjective
Opposite of having a serious demeanor
“Now I have to go and intimidate Mr Mills for a while as payback for his flippant remark.”
Adjective
Opposite of of great seriousness or importance
“We are deluged with trivial information and pointless musings which strain the patience to breaking point.”
Adjective
Opposite of felt or believed deeply and sincerely
“It opens with an artfully contrived apology for his impious stretch of arbitrary power, by which he endeavors to bring the chorus over to his views.”
Adjective
Opposite of diligent or focused in one's efforts
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“After a half-hearted effort at saving my pocket money, I quickly emptied my account.”
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Opposite of having or displaying resolve
“I have my doubts that you are going to succeed because you seem like a very weak-willed person.”
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Opposite of having or showing eagerness or enthusiasm towards an activity
“I was just a casual follower of tennis, but a fanatic enthusiast of basketball.”
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by deep or forceful feelings
“The murderer appeared cold and unremorseful as he was being interviewed by the media.”
Adjective
Opposite of totally committed to a cause or belief
Adjective
Opposite of calm, dignified, and unhurried
Adjective
Opposite of having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties
“All the best ideas are based on the premise that people are fundamentally lazy, and would rather be on their sofa than anywhere else.”
Adjective
Opposite of expressing something forcibly and clearly
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Opposite of attentively occupied with
Adjective
Opposite of significant or extreme in degree or intensity
“In spite of her frugal spendings, Eva only had a moderate urge to shop, preferring instead to use her time to upkeep her house.”
Adjective
Opposite of firm and unyielding in one's determination
“Inactive and Inactive and irresolute, she has been adrift for months now, personally and professionally., she has been adrift for months now, personally and professionally.”
Adjective
Opposite of of a serious or important nature or consequence
“Listening to his intonation as he discusses his films, it's hard to tell if he's being facetious or if he's dead serious about what he's saying.”
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by an atmosphere or expression lacking in cheer
“The wall appeared completely black from the outside, allowing for a cheery atmosphere while ensuring complete privacy.”
Adjective
Opposite of having unconditional and enthusiastic support
“There was some grudging applause at the final curtain, but I got the feeling it was more for the sake of form, rather than actual enjoyment.”
Adjective
Opposite of warm and friendly
“Looking up at the large, unfriendly face, McBeath decided this was not the moment for honesty.”
Adjective
Opposite of having pledged oneself to a particular belief or course of action
“He stands untrammeled and uncommitted to any faction.”
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Opposite of making or characterized by a noisy outcry
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Opposite of being such by habit, long-established, and not likely to change
Adjective
(informal) Opposite of to be under no illusion, or to be serious about a matter
“You are deluded if you think things are going to work out between the two of you.”
Adjective
Opposite of fond of reading or studying, especially said of someone lacking social skills as a result
Adjective
Opposite of being alert or on top of things by paying close attention
“Some studies showed that refined sugar and food additives made children hyperactive and inattentive.”
Adjective
Opposite of determined or passionate in interests or endeavors
“Julia had set many goals for herself but appeared indifferent when it came to achieving them.”
Adjective
(of a question or subject) Opposite of being of current or continuing interest and importance
“Free education was once a dead issue that must be raised again as it is pertinent to our children's futures.”
Noun
Opposite of the state or quality of being serious or solemn
“Though occasionally the humor degenerates into facetiousness, the verbal dexterity of the verse is superb.”
Noun
Opposite of the state of being grave
Noun
Opposite of a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality, feeling, etc
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