seriousness noun

ADJ. deadly, deep, full, great, high He maintained an attitude of high seriousness. | mock | underlying The joke did not obscure the underlying seriousness of his point. | moral

VERB + SERIOUSNESS appreciate, realize, recognize, understand Only later did he realize the full seriousness of his offence. | exaggerate | underestimate | play down | treat sth with The problem was not treated with the seriousness it deserved.

PREP. with ~ She spoke with great seriousness of the hardships she had endured.

PHRASES in all seriousness You can't in all seriousness think they'll give you the job! | take, treat, etc. sth with the utmost seriousness