heart·felt | \ˈhärt-ˌfelt \

Definition of heartfelt 

: deeply felt : earnest

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Synonyms & Antonyms for heartfelt


sincere, unfeigned


affected, artificial, false, feigned, insincere

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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

Examples of heartfelt in a Sentence

You have our heartfelt thanks. Our most heartfelt wish is for our children to be happy.

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Ghoochannejhad wrote a heartfelt message for Bouhaddouz on Instagram, telling him to keep his head up. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Iranian forward's heartfelt message for Moroccan player who scored devastating own goal," 15 June 2018 The family would like to express its most sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the tireless and compassionate care Martha received at Carol Woods as her health declined. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Martha W. Trull," 10 July 2018 Rex Brown, a fellow founding member of the legendary metal band Pantera, has penned a heartfelt tribute to his former bandmate and friend, Vinnie Paul. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Former Pantera Bassist Rex Brown Pens Emotional Tribute to Vinnie Paul: 'He Changed the Game'," 6 July 2018 Fabregas to Iniesta who smashes in the winner & reveals his heartfelt tribute to Dani Jarque. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Days to Go - When Oranje Ditched Total Football in 2010 to Near-Perfection," 10 June 2018 The actors don’t always let the songs shine to their full potential, and several don’t sound quite confident in their singing; there’s a sameness in the vocals that doesn’t account for whether the song is meant to be funny, angry or heartfelt. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Entertaining Sherlock Holmes musical doesn't always hit the right emotional notes," 9 June 2018 The author and her posse of artists understood that the most heartfelt tributes are crafted by tenderly — although sometimes mercilessly — picking at one’s forebears’ bones. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Heroic medical aide finds parking for heart patient," 22 Mar. 2018 Schafer disclosed the reason for all those thank yous in a heartfelt and teary-eyed acceptance speech while receiving a LifeTime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards here Wednesday night. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "How the creator of SimCity helped save Psychonauts," 22 Mar. 2018 Gard's message to the team in the locker room was blunt and heartfelt. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 78, Illinois 69: Happ leads the way as Badgers end losing streak at five games," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of heartfelt

1712, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heartfelt was in 1712

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English Language Learners Definition of heartfelt

: deeply felt : very sincere


heart·felt | \ˈhärt-ˌfelt \

Kids Definition of heartfelt

: deeply felt : sincere I gave her a heartfelt apology.

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