in·​sin·​cere | \ ˌin-sin-ˈsir How to pronounce insincere (audio) , -sən-\

Definition of insincere

: not sincere : hypocritical

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Other Words from insincere

insincerely adverb
insincerity \ ˌin-​sin-​ˈser-​ə-​tē How to pronounce insincerity (audio) also  -​ˈsir-​ \ noun

Examples of insincere in a Sentence

He said he was sorry, but I could tell that he was being insincere. the insincere compliments of a spiteful gossip

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But her invitation later in the week to meet behind closed doors was rebuffed by student unions at two Hong Kong universities as insincere and a publicity gimmick. Ken Moritsugu,, "Mothers rally as Hong Kong’s divide shows no sign of closing," 5 July 2019 But as their rhetoric escalates, Pelosi and Jeffries sound increasingly feeble and insincere, less like the leaders of a party with a clear majority and growing momentum, and more like Jeff Flake. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "House Leadership Is Looking Flakey," 17 June 2019 Photo: Stephen Cardone / A 2016 study of 126 undergraduates by Binghamton University-State University of New York found that ending sentences with periods in a text was interpreted as abrupt and insincere. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "The Tyranny of the Exclamation Point Is Causing Email and Text Anxiety," 13 Aug. 2018 The attempts to normalize and explain away bullying are also of the moment, and so are the insincere attempts to pretend to care, which fall by the side when shock and cruelty are far easier to achieve. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "The TV reboot of Heathers was doomed from the start," 31 Oct. 2018 LaChanze is incapable of musical insincerity, however insincere the script may be, and delivers the songs thrillingly, if not in the ethereal, seemingly tossed-off Summer manner. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Hot Stuff Turns Cold in ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’," 23 Apr. 2018 In her order dismissing the case, judge Sheryl Lynch did not address the defense's contention that the church's members are insincere about practicing a religion. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Judge dismisses Cannabis Church's case that cited RFRA to defend pot as a sacrament," 7 July 2018 The announcement comes less than two weeks after the group offered an unprecedented apology that victims, their relatives, the Spanish and Basque governments say is too late and insincere. Fox News, "ETA's bloody history: 853 killings in 60 years of violence," 2 May 2018 By the 1970s, tap seemed passé and out of place in musicals, unless someone like Bob Fosse used it as a symbol of razzle-dazzle, insincere and corrupt. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Ridiculous! Fabulous! On Broadway, Tapping in Quotation Marks," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of insincere

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insincere

Latin insincerus, from in- + sincerus sincere

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English Language Learners Definition of insincere

: not expressing or showing true feelings : not sincere


in·​sin·​cere | \ ˌin-sin-ˈsir How to pronounce insincere (audio) \

Kids Definition of insincere

: not expressing or showing true feelings : not sincere or honest

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insincerely adverb

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