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Definition 1: concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where serious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a serious student of history
  • a serious attempt to learn to ski
  • gave me a serious look
  • a serious young man
  • are you serious or joking?
  • Don't be so serious!

(serious is similar to ...) characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

"both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate" "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant" "a film with a solemn social message"

(serious is similar to ...) dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

"a grave God-fearing man" "a quiet sedate nature" "as sober as a judge" "a solemn promise" "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"

(serious is similar to ...) excessively serious

(serious is similar to ...) not to be taken lightly

"statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems" "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"

(serious is similar to ...) acting with or showing thought and good sense

"a sensible young man"

(serious is similar to ...) tending to make sober or more serious

"the news had a sobering effect"

(serious is similar to ...) of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial

"work of solid scholarship" "based on solid facts"

(... are attributes of serious) the trait of being serious

"a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"

Definition 2: completely lacking in playfulness - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for serious in the sense of this definition

(... are attributes of serious) a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement

"her playfulness surprised me" "he was fun to be with"

Definition 3: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where serious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dangerous operation
  • a grave situation
  • a grave illness
  • grievous bodily harm
  • a serious wound
  • a serious turn of events
  • a severe case of pneumonia
  • a life-threatening disease

Synonyms for serious in the sense of this definition

(serious is similar to ...) being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency

"a critical shortage of food" "a critical illness" "an illness at the critical stage"

Definition 4: requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where serious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • raised serious objections to the proposal
  • the plan has a serious flaw

(serious is similar to ...) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"a difficult task" "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access" "difficult times" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Definition 5: of great consequence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where serious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • marriage is a serious matter

(serious is similar to ...) of great significance or value

"important people" "the important questions of the day"

Definition 6: appealing to the mind - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where serious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • good music
  • a serious book

Synonyms for serious in the sense of this definition

(serious is similar to ...) appealing to or using the intellect

"satire is an intellectual weapon" "intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor" "has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people" "coldly intellectual" "sort of the intellectual type" "intellectual literature"

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