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What is the opposite of joking?

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Adjective
Opposite of humorous or flippant in nature
Adjective
Opposite of pleasantly humorous or jocular
“The serious message of the film is ruined by the bathos of its ridiculous ending.”
Adjective
Opposite of intended to provoke or make fun of someone in a playful way
Adjective
Opposite of having a lively or cheerful manner or character
Noun
Opposite of the subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior
“You will get nothing but praise for your book, and I shall be vilipended for mine.”
Noun
Opposite of conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies
Noun
Opposite of the quality, fact or aspect of being amusing or funny
Noun
Opposite of foolish or silly behaviour
Noun
Opposite of light-hearted joking, teasing, or banter
Verb
(usually "joking") Opposite of present participle for to tease, typically in a good-natured way
“If you don't do it now, there is going to be consequences! I mean it!”
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