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

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That the myth’s wisecracking originator could soon be Prime Minister shows how fundamentally unserious British politics has become since then. Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019 The solution to climate change is not this unserious resolution. Bridget Read, Vogue, "GOP Senator Mike Lee Says Very Real, Terrifying Climate-Change Problem Should Be Solved by . . . Babies," 26 Mar. 2019 Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have been just as unserious. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "End This Stupid Shutdown," 10 Jan. 2019 Stylistically, his theatrical approach to politics strikes Europeans as both dangerous and unserious. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Why Trump Clashes With Europe," 11 June 2018 After vetoing two unserious, mostly punitive Republican welfare bills, Clinton signed one that was only marginally less bad. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Many of these are unserious and relatively unremarkable, the sort of thing that might happen to a human driver and that an insurance company would never hear about. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "A Cruise-on-Cruise Crash Reveals the Hardest Thing About Self-Driving Tech," 3 July 2018 The unserious manner in which most members of our political class have treated this question is disquieting. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 To not take the World Cup seriously—or worse, to ignore it altogether—is to declare yourself in 2018 an unserious sports fan, because there is no bigger sports spectacle, with greater stakes, than this. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A World Cup With It All, Just Not U.S.," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of unserious

1655, in the meaning defined above

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