3. bring about, cause, effect; produce, yield; merit, deserve, win, be worthy of, be qualified for, be entitled to, have a right to, have a claim to, have [s.t.] coming to one. earnest1, adj. 1. fervent, fervid, perfervid, ardent, zealous, passionate, impassioned, intense; assiduous, diligent, intent, concentrated; firm, resolute, determined, Inf. bound and determined, decided, purposeful; serious, sincere, in earnest, Inf. for real; devoted, dedicated, committed, wholehearted; thoughtful, solemn, grave.
2. heartfelt, deep-felt, strongly or keenly felt, Archaic. homefelt, profound, deep; warm, hearty, cordial, friendly.
3. crucial, critical, decisive, pivotal, eventful, momentous, climacteric; important, all-important, essential, of the essence, vital, heartbeat, Inf. gut; urgent, imperative, pressing, compelling, exigent, high-priority. earnest2, n. downpayment, deposit, binder, handsel, installment, stake; pledge, pawn, gage, security, surety, promise, Sl. hock; Law. escrow, Law. earnest money, Old Eng. Law. God's penny; retainer, advance, payment up front, earnestness, n. fervor, fervency, fervidity, ardor, zeal, passion, vehemence, intensity; resolution, firmness, determination, steadfastness, iron-will, purposefulness; seriousness, gravity, sobriety, solemnity, thoughtfulness; diligence, assiduity, intentness, concentration, Inf. stick-to-it-iveness; devotion, dedication, commitment, wholeheartedness, earnings, n. 1. wages, salary, emolument, Brit. Sl. get; compensation, pay, payment, hire, consideration; stipend, fee, honorarium; income, revenue, profit, returns, interest, yield; net, bottom line, Inf. take home; perquisites, Inf. perks, fringe benefits, benefits, Inf. fringes, Inf. extras.
2. profits, Sl. take, winnings, Sl. velvet, proceeds, Sl. clean-up, pickings, Sl. gravy.
3. remuneration, recompense, reward, Archaic. meed, Literary, guerdon, deserts. earring, n. ornament, bauble, jewel; hoop, dangle, pendant, eardrop, Dial, earbob, stud, earth, n. 1. globe, sphere, planet, world, biosphere, terrene.
2. dry land, terra firma, terra, solid ground.
3. ground, soil, topsoil, subsoil; dirt, clay, gravel, loam, humus, mud; turf, clod, sod.
4. mankind, people, all the peoples of the world, the whole world, the wide world, the world at large; humanity, the human race, race of man, one world. earthborn, adj. 1. earthly, worldly, physical, natural, corporal, corporeal; from the earth, of earthly origin, sprung from the earth, terrigenous; autochthonous, indigenous.
2. mortal, human, born of woman; perishable, ephemeral, transient, transitory, fleeting, passing, earthen, adj. 1. made of earth, mud, dirt, clay, terraqueous.
2. baked, formed, fictile, terra-cotta, earthenware, n. pottery, crockery, crocks, clay ware, ceramics, stoneware, basaltware, ironstone, terra cotta, gombroon, faience, Ceramics, biscuit, earthly, adj. 1. terrestrial, terrene, telluric, tellu
rian, subastral, sublunary.
2. worldly, mundane, temporal, physical, natural, corporeal, material.
3. mercenary, venal, money-grubbing, materialistic, pragmatic; vile, low, fleshly, sensual, earthy.
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