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 When the deputy chief of the Armenia military’s general staff dismissed Pashinyan’s statement on the Iskander as being unserious, the prime minister fired him. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, "Moscow Assures World Its Iskander Missile Can Precisely Hit A Hospital," 1 Mar. 2021 The presence of soft boy middle managers in an emergent coalition of MAGA types and more practiced fascists didn’t make any of it unserious—or at least not exclusively that. Katie Mcdonough, The New Republic, "Die Laughing at the Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 Paxton's lawsuit was scorned by election officials from the four states named as an unserious effort and waste of taxpayer dollars. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "106 House Republicans back Texas challenge of election results at Supreme Court," 11 Dec. 2020 Such gags are funny not because of what the actors are reading, but because their voices loan the unserious material a contrasting dignity. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Jeffrey Wright is the new 'narrator voice'," 24 Nov. 2020 Trump’s communication is frequently erratic, unserious, self-absorbed, and worse. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "I Was ‘Never Trump’ in 2016. I’m Still a Conservative. Here’s How I’m Voting," 2 Nov. 2020 The argument that Trump is somehow responsible for 200,000 COVID deaths is irresponsible and unserious. Rick Esenberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: I have my issues with Donald Trump. Here's why I'm sticking with him.," 16 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, our political discourse, infected with unserious authoritarians, has lost sight of that reality. David Harsanyi, National Review, "A New York Times Columnist Wish-Casts Foreign Intervention into U.S. Elections," 8 Oct. 2020 Tye often portrays McCarthy as an unserious interloper in an otherwise crucial endeavor. Dan Kaufman, The New Republic, "The Real Legacy of a Demagogue," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unserious

1655, in the meaning defined above

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7 Mar 2021

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“Unserious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unserious. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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