sin·cere | \sin-ˈsir, sən-\
sincerer; sincerest

Definition of sincere 

1a : free of dissimulation : honest a sincere interest

b : free from adulteration : pure a sincere doctrine sincere wine

2 : marked by genuineness : true

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Other Words from sincere

sincerely adverb
sincereness noun

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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 sincere in a Sentence

He sounded sincere in his promises. She seemed sincere in her commitment to finish school. She has a sincere interest in painting. He showed a sincere concern for her health. He made a sincere attempt to quit smoking. Please accept our sincere thanks.
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But there's still an open question here, Laura, about how sincere Kim Jong Un is about really giving his nuclear weapons. Fox News, "How Trump differs from past presidents on North Korea," 12 June 2018 There is a debate about how sincere Ms Hardaway and Ms Richardson are. The Economist, "Laughing with Diamond and Silk," 10 May 2018 White’s passion is palpable and her concern for the Alamo is sincere. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo Plaza redesign effort confronts stubborn fear of change," 30 June 2018 Crais' affinity for solid villains again shines in Harvey and Stemms and in their Tarantino-esque banter and sincere mutual affection. Robert Crais,, "'The Wanted': PI Elvis Cole returns," 12 Feb. 2018 Murray acknowledged Delgado-Gonzalez was sincere in his apology but said the mitigating factors didn't outweigh the aggravating factors. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Uncle sentenced in shooting death of 4-year-old East Chicago boy," 2 July 2018 His concern for the poor and wish to improve their lot is sincere. The Economist, "How Andrés Manuel López Obrador will remake Mexico," 23 June 2018 If the swipe Ryan took was sincere, that would make two Republican Congressman who’ve gone after the House Speaker this week. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "GOP Congressman Tweets, Then Deletes Jab at Paul Ryan," 21 June 2018 According to a small new study from Western University in Ontario, crinkling around the eyes makes smiles and frowns appear more sincere. Amanda Macmillan,, "Smile! Wrinkles Around Our Eyes Make Us Appear More Sincere," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of sincere

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sincere

Middle French, from Latin sincerus whole, pure, genuine, probably from sem- one + -cerus (akin to Latin crescere to grow) — more at same, crescent

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sin·cere | \sin-ˈsir \
sincerer; sincerest

Kids Definition of sincere

1 : having or showing honesty : straightforward a sincere person

2 : being what it seems to be : genuine sincere good wishes

Other Words from sincere

sincerely adverb

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