From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Serious \Se"ri*ous\, a. [L. serius: cf. F. s['e]rieux, LL.
   1. Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful;
      solemn; not light, gay, or volatile.
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            He is always serious, yet there is about his manner
            a graceful ease.                      --Macaulay.
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   2. Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not
      jesting or deceiving. --Beaconsfield.
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   3. Important; weighty; not trifling; grave.
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            The holy Scriptures bring to our ears the most
            serious things in the world.          --Young.
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   4. Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger;
      as, a serious injury.
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   Syn: Grave; solemn; earnest; sedate; important; weighty. See
        [1913 Webster] -- Se"ri*ous*ly, adv. --
        Se"ri*ous*ness, n.
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