characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions; "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"
earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
Serious, straight-faced, humourless
something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"
open disrespect for a person or thing
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"