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    #1

    if

    Hi,

    What does "if" mean in the following context?

    Thank you very much for your help.

    "This is a smart if earnest collection for those who like their betrayal in essay form."

    "This" refers to a book.

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    #2

    Re: if

    It's similar to but here- it's making a concession and admitting something that may not be so good about the book, so it may be a bit too earnest.

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