|1.||[ noun ] an earnest and sincere feeling|
|2.||[ noun ] the quality of arousing fear or distress|
"he learned the seriousness of his illness"
|3.||[ noun ] the trait of being serious|
|Synonyms:||serious-mindedness sincerity earnestness|
"a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"- Robert Rice
|Related terms:||frivolity trait commitedness commitment graveness sedateness serious frivolous|