se·​ri·​ous-mind·​ed ˌsir-ē-əs-ˈmīn-dəd How to pronounce serious-minded (audio)
: having a serious disposition or trend of thought
serious-mindedly adverb
serious-mindedness noun

Examples of serious-minded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jessie is talented, serious-minded, with a purist’s preference for black-and-white film. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2024 Bill Jorgensen, a serious-minded broadcast journalist who for 12 years anchored the pioneering, street-smart 10 p.m. newscast on New York’s Channel 5, died on March 13 at his home in Franklin, N.C. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 At this year’s BAFTAs, his serious-minded epic Oppenheimer won seven awards—with two for Nolan himself in the form of best director and best film. Sarah Crompton, Vogue, 19 Feb. 2024 At their best, the Hammer period horrors approached a serious-minded costume drama as invaded by a variety of murderous predators. Declan Gallagher,, 16 Oct. 2023 December 25, 2023, 7 AM ET Saved Stories Steven Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Color Purple, was a serious-minded prestige drama. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 25 Dec. 2023 Instead, attempting to write a screenplay off of the serious-minded Red Alert by Peter George, Kubrick couldn’t help but find comedy in the ludicrousness of the situations described. Paul Fitzgerald, Rolling Stone, 11 Dec. 2023 And man, James Hamilton’s pictures are tremendous, and a serious-minded look at an artistry that’s rarely afforded this kind of spotlight is a valuable thing. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Nov. 2023 While this may not be a calendar for the serious-minded, anyone who knows and loves Ralphie will appreciate it. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Bsn, Parents, 3 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of serious-minded was in 1845

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“Serious-minded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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: having a serious disposition or trend of thought

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