seriousness

noun
ADJECTIVE
complete (esp. AmE), deadly (esp. BrE), deep, great, high

He maintained an attitude of high seriousness.

mock

‘You didn't know?’ he asked in mock seriousness.

underlying

The joke did not obscure the underlying seriousness of his point.

moral
VERB + SERIOUSNESS
appreciate, grasp, realize, recognize, understand

Only later did he realize the full seriousness of his actions.

demonstrate, show

The sentence imposed in this case demonstrates the seriousness of environmental crimes.

downplay
treat sth with

The problem was not treated with the seriousness it deserved.

PREPOSITION
with seriousness

She spoke with great seriousness of the hardships she had endured.

PHRASES
in all seriousness

You can't in all seriousness think they'll give you the job!

take, treat, etc. sth with the utmost seriousness

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