adjective \sin-ˈsir, sən-\

: having or showing true feelings that are expessesd in an honest way

: genuine or real : not false, fake, or pretended


Full Definition of SINCERE

a :  free of dissimulation :  honest <a sincere interest>
b :  free from adulteration :  pure <a sincere doctrine> <sincere wine>
:  marked by genuineness :  true
sin·cere·ly adverb
sin·cere·ness noun

Examples of SINCERE

  1. He sounded sincere in his promises.
  2. She seemed sincere in her commitment to finish school.
  3. She has a sincere interest in painting.
  4. He showed a sincere concern for her health.
  5. He made a sincere attempt to quit smoking.
  6. Please accept our sincere thanks.

Origin of SINCERE

Middle French, from Latin sincerus whole, pure, genuine, probably from sem- one + -cerus (akin to Latin crescere to grow) — more at same, crescent
First Known Use: 1533

Synonym Discussion of SINCERE

sincere, wholehearted, heartfelt, hearty, unfeigned mean genuine in feeling. sincere stresses absence of hypocrisy, feigning, or any falsifying embellishment or exaggeration <a sincere apology>. wholehearted suggests sincerity and earnest devotion without reservation or misgiving <promised our wholehearted support>. heartfelt suggests depth of genuine feeling outwardly expressed <expresses our heartfelt gratitude>. hearty suggests honesty, warmth, and exuberance in displaying feeling <received a hearty welcome>. unfeigned stresses spontaneity and absence of pretense <her unfeigned delight at receiving the award>.


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