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

Definition of insincere

: not sincere : hypocritical

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 The receptionist with the high-pitched, annoyingly insincere positivity answering the phone in corporate accounts payable and asking you to wait just a moment? Hey Tech Lady, Forbes, 11 July 2022 People of color have heard after-the-fact apologies like that for many years, some completely sincere, some wholly insincere. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 An insincere, disingenuous image will quickly be unmasked. Ran Blayer, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The effect was similarly striking and insincere, more advertorial than actual tribute—pomp and circumstance designed for Instagram. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 14 June 2022 Until then, the musical, a facile, satirical stage treatment of a far better movie, bounces from one insincere interlude to the next, doling out bits of exposition without establishing any compelling rationale to feel for its characters. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Rainbow washing—the act of only supporting the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month—leads to backlash and resignations because people can sense when your motives are insincere. Hunter Johnson, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Republican politicians were often insincere on the issue, and when sincere almost never tried to explain their thinking and persuade anyone. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 5 May 2022 He was not attuned to the mores of Hollywood — a world of power lunches, insincere compliments and roiling insecurities all masked by suntans and thousand-watt smiles. Variety, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Insincere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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