Definitions: (1) serious and intense mental focus; (2) deeply convinced; sincere

Derivation: German, “zeal,” “vigor”

Synonyms: eager, fervent, urgent, warm

Balancing Qualities: humor, light

Quote: Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed. — Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh (1910–1987) French dramatist