(?), a. [L. serius: cf. F. srieux, LL. seriosus.] 1. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile.
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He is always serious, yet there is about his manner a graceful ease.
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2. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving. Beaconsfield.
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3. Important; weighty; not trifling; grave.
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The holy Scriptures bring to our ears the most serious things in the world.
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4. Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury.
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Syn. -- Grave; solemn; earnest; sedate; important; weighty. See Grave.
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-- Se"ri*ous*ly, adv. -- Se"ri*ous*ness, n.
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