in all seriousness

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in all seriousness

:in a serious way used to stress that a statement, question, etc., is not a joke
  • "I was the queen of England in a previous life," she said in all seriousness.
  • In all seriousness, if he does propose, what will you say?

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

serious play seriousness
  1. : thoughtful or subdued in appearance or manner : sober

  2. : requiring much thought or work

  3. : of or relating to a matter of importance


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