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earnest

Contract law something given, usually a nominal sum of money, to confirm a contract
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We had gone on, so far, in a mixture of confidential jest and earnest, that had long grown naturally out of our familiar relations, begun as mere children.
I am in earnest in my love for you as I am in earnest for my own life, which can only be perfected by your aid and influence.
For several days ensuing, her name was unmentioned by either Usher or myself: and during this period I was busied in earnest endeavours to alleviate the melancholy of my friend.
Shoreham pays attentions that are pointed, and is not in earnest, he is a very different person from what I took him to be.
Skimpole in his light way, "when you are not in earnest after all.
In some way I managed to get on till the teachers learned that I was in earnest and meant to succeed, and then some of them were kind enough to see that I was partly supplied with second-hand clothing that had been sent in barrels from the North.
I WON'T bear with you, if I can alter you,' replied my mother: but the harshness of her words was undone by the earnest affection of her tone and pleasant smile, that made my father smile again, less sadly and less transiently than was his wont.
She glanced up again at his earnest, questioning face, with its Saxon eyes and drooping flaxen mustache, in some doubt as to whether he might be joking.
Some girls, addressed with this reckless intermingling of jest and earnest, would have felt confused, and some would have felt flattered.
The remaining birds at once forsook his fields, crying to each other, "It is time for us to be off to Liliput: for this man is no longer content to scare us, but begins to show us in earnest what he can do.
Thinking it might possibly be in the enjoyment of the elective franchise, he gave it a cordial and earnest grasp.
You will then see, too, how difficult it is to know when More is in earnest and when he is merely poking fun, for More loved to jest.