un·​se·​ri·​ous | \ ˌən-ˈsir-ē-əs How to pronounce unserious (audio) \

Definition of unserious

: not serious unserious writers unserious debates … recognize the difference between serious and unserious warnings.— Meg Greenfield

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Other Words from unserious

unseriously adverb
talking unseriously
unseriousness noun

Examples of unserious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before Thrones, the genre was long ignored, considered unserious. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Game of Thrones' 2019 Emmys Performance Was Almost as Divisive as Its Final Season," 23 Sep. 2019 Greta Thunberg’s canonization is a perfect expression of media activism in a deeply unserious time. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Greta Thunberg Is the Perfect Hero for an Unserious Time," 11 Dec. 2019 The few dissenters in Gershwin’s lifetime included composers such as Aaron Copland and Roger Sessions, who unfairly deemed his music unserious. The Economist, "The short, brilliant life of George Gershwin," 3 Oct. 2019 Whatever the Republicans put forward, Democrats will call skimpy, cruel, and politically unserious. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The GOP’s Self-Made Health-Care Conundrum," 5 Sep. 2019 Babitz was dishy where Didion was coolly detached, as well as lusty, seemingly unserious and somewhat of a pleasure-seeking missile. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The return of Eve Babitz," 8 Oct. 2019 Lettie Teague, who devoted a Wall Street Journal column to orange wine, in May, also admired this bottle, but her tasting companions, being hard-core orange-wine guys, dissed its extreme pleasantness as unserious. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "How the Orange-Wine Fad Became an Irresistible Assault on Pleasure," 7 Sep. 2019 The two would never quite marry, but the headlines that encircled them made Zsa Zsa fatally unserious, and the rest of her career was a decline into self-parody. Louis Bayard, Washington Post, "Were Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor the proto-Kardashians?," 19 Aug. 2019 Or the news alerts that seem to make the very idea of jokes unserious or unseemly? Madeleine Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Nell Zink’s Satire Raises the Stakes," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unserious

1655, in the meaning defined above

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“Unserious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unserious. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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