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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Serious  \Se"ri*ous\,  a.  [L.  serius:  cf  F.  s['e]rieux,  LL 
  1.  Grave  in  manner  or  disposition;  earnest;  thoughtful; 
  solemn;  not  light,  gay,  or  volatile. 
  He  is  always  serious,  yet  there  is  about  his  manner 
  a  graceful  ease.  --Macaulay. 
  2.  Really  intending  what  is  said  being  in  earnest;  not 
  jesting  or  deceiving.  --Beaconsfield. 
  3.  Important;  weighty;  not  trifling;  grave. 
  The  holy  Scriptures  bring  to  our  ears  the  most 
  serious  things  in  the  world.  --Young. 
  4.  Hence  giving  rise  to  apprehension;  attended  with  danger; 
  as  a  serious  injury. 
  Syn:  Grave;  solemn;  earnest;  sedate;  important;  weighty.  See 
  {Grave}.  --  {Se"ri*ous*ly},  adv  --  {Se"ri*ous*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  concerned  with  work  or  important  matters  rather  than  play  or 
  trivialities;  "a  serious  student  of  history";  "a 
  serious  attempt  to  learn  to  ski";  "gave  me  a  serious 
  look";  "a  serious  young  man";  "are  you  serious  or 
  joking?";  "Don't  be  so  serious!"  [ant:  {frivolous}] 
  2:  of  great  consequence;  "marriage  is  a  serious  matter" 
  3:  causing  fear  or  anxiety  by  threatening  great  harm;  "a 
  dangerous  operation";  "a  grave  situation";  "a  grave 
  illness";  "grievous  bodily  harm";  "a  serious  wound";  "a 
  serious  turn  of  events";  "a  severe  case  of  pneumonia" 
  [syn:  {dangerous},  {grave},  {grievous},  {severe}] 
  4:  appealing  to  the  mind;  "good  music";  "a  serious  book"  [syn: 
  5:  completely  lacking  in  playfulness  [syn:  {unplayful},  {sober}] 
  [ant:  {playful}] 
  6:  requiring  effort  or  concentration;  complex  and  not  easy  to 
  answer  or  solve;  "raised  serious  objections  to  the 
  proposal";  "the  plan  has  a  serious  flaw" 

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