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
Recent Examples on the Web In the past, Lovato has criticised Swift directly, seemingly slamming Swift's 2016 donation to Kesha as insincere, following Kesha’s legal battle with Dr. Luke. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Why Fans Are Resurfacing The Taylor Swift & Demi Lovato Feud," 27 Apr. 2020 The Iranians angrily dismissed the offer, calling it insincere and demanding broader relief from crippling American sanctions. New York Times, "Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Has More Cases Than Any Other Country," 27 Mar. 2020 Hence, this package's count of 55 distinct games is insincere, because getting there requires a weird amount of legwork. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "TurboGrafx-16 Mini review: Mostly best-in-class retro gaming, sometimes WTF," 15 Apr. 2020 As exemplified by author and columnist Sady Doyle’s above tweet, this viewpoint holds that anger and rudeness in the context of political causes mean that the proponents of those causes are insincere in their commitments. Gretchen Felker-martin,, "How Modern Politics Became A Death Cult," 24 Mar. 2020 Is that why Rose molders in baseball purgatory and guys like Bregman skate with insincere apologies? Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Don't use racial slurs in any context. Is it really that hard?," 17 Feb. 2020 Japan, which hosts 50,000 American troops and is protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella, has not signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, something that atomic bombing survivors and pacifist groups protest as insincere. Washington Post, "Nagasaki mayor laments nuclear arms are seen as useful," 10 Aug. 2019 Oppenheim’s calculation that Weinstein wasn’t of national interest may have been insincere and, following the dramatic expansion of the Me Too moment, proved ruinously wrong. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "The Good Guy," 28 Jan. 2020 Protesters derided her contrition as insincere, and vowed to fight on. Laignee Barron / Hong Kong, Time, "Why Hong Kong Protesters Aren't Calling It Quits After the Suspension of a Controversial Extradition Bill," 19 June 2019

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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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20 May 2020

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“Insincere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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