Meaning of SERIOUS in English


— seriousness , n.

/sear"ee euhs/ , adj.

1. of, showing, or characterized by deep thought.

2. of grave or somber disposition, character, or manner: a serious occasion; a serious man.

3. being in earnest; sincere; not trifling: His interest was serious.

4. requiring thought, concentration, or application: serious reading; a serious task.

5. weighty or important: a serious book; Marriage is a serious matter.

6. giving cause for apprehension; critical: The plan has one serious flaw.

7. Med. (of a patient's condition) having unstable or otherwise abnormal vital signs and other unfavorable indicators, as loss of appetite and poor mobility: patient is acutely ill.


8. that which is of importance, grave, critical, or somber: You have to learn to separate the serious from the frivolous.

[ 1400-50; late ME serius or LL seriosus; see -OUS, -OSE 1 ]

Syn. 2. sober, sedate, staid. 3. See earnest 1 . 5. momentous, grave.

Ant. 3, 5. trivial.

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