So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself.

I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation to using it as a 'tool of the trade'.

The closest I could come up with but which doesn't feel accurate enough for me is sincerity

Can anyone else think of a word which would properly demonstrate "earnesism" ?


  • How about "dedication"?
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 21:17
  • @SvenYargs I had thought of dedication, but for me one being earnest shows a slightly more reserved self confidence in their abilities and prove results. One can be dedicated but bad at what they do ..
    – Pogrindis
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 21:18
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    Earnestness is the noun form of earnest. Why can't you just go with that?
    – Nicole
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 21:25
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    Pogrindis, I don't understand your "tool of the trade" requirement. Can you clarify that? Commented May 17, 2015 at 0:18
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    Earnest is a noun, too, though it mostly just collocates with the preposition in. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 23:23

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What about intentional sincerity?

  • or earnest intention?
    – Nix Parker
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 21:37
  • but actually, I apologize as I have not provided a noun :-(
    – Nix Parker
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 21:42
  • I get the reasoning behind your answer, I guess I was looking for something that wasn't there, best answer I got was in the comments by way of @Nicole Earnestness
    – Pogrindis
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 21:43
  • Very sensible, she definitely provided cleanest answer!
    – Nix Parker
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 21:48

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