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 insincere (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
Recent Examples on the Web Alison Pill may have the best insincere smile in the business Certainly, that’s the promise that inspires Henry (Ashley Thomas), an engineer. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Sunshine, suburbs, rotten to the core: Racism is a horror story. 'Them' isn't subtle about it," 8 Apr. 2021 Scaramucci, who famously worked for 11 days in the Trump White House but has since become a fierce Trump critic, suggested the sudden concern about the federal deficit is insincere. Matt Egan, CNN, "Scaramucci blasts Republicans for opposing Biden's rescue plan," 9 Mar. 2021 And that's what makes made Leonard's apology all the more insincere and cowardly. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Meyers Leonard knew what the word meant – and he'd be better off admitting that," 10 Mar. 2021 Their moral philosophy has been informed almost entirely by media controversies in which apologies are nothing more than a social lubricant — and assumed to be insincere. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "What Separates Donald McNeil from the Woke Mobsters," 5 Mar. 2021 In other words, people were genuinely weeping with amusement before, but now their expressions of convulsive laughter seem insincere? Star Tribune, "Lileks: Who's crying for the Face With Tears of Joy?," 21 Feb. 2021 Anyone who fails to take the oath or is deemed to have done so in an insincere fashion would be immediately disqualified from office and banned from running in elections for the next five years, a top official said. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for February 24: Covid, Capitol riot, Rochester, White House, China," 24 Feb. 2021 Something ghettoized, even performative or flat-out insincere. Washington Post, "To this baker, promoting Black food businesses is more than just lip service," 24 Feb. 2021 She was ridiculed as self-indulgent, insincere and insensitive. New York Times, "A Child of China’s Gilded Elite Strikes a Nerve Over Wealth and Privilege," 19 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of insincere was in 1634

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19 Apr 2021

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“Insincere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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

Other Words from insincere

insincerely adverb

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