sin·​cere | \ sin-ˈsir How to pronounce sincere (audio) , 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web My sincere condolences to the family of one of my favorite duet partners, BJ Thomas. CBS News, 30 May 2021 Middleton offered sincere condolences over Lupien’s death this past week, and recalled that the Habs brought up Lupien that year, in part, to deal with the Bruins’ toughness factor., 22 May 2021 The answer is complex, but mostly, the changes seem sincere, broad and powerful. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2020 Planner founders and CEOs seem sincere about the importance of diversity. Quinci Legardye, Wired, 8 Oct. 2020 Help People For The Right Reasons When an organization is sincere, crafting a narrative that effectively conveys your CSR efforts is easy. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 25 May 2021 And then, more anxiously: If this really is sincere, what became of such a sensibility amid the onslaughts of the 20th century? Sam Sacks, WSJ, 21 May 2021 The original appeal of grunge was the way artists tapped into young people’s unhappiness and sincere desire for a way out of the capitalist churn. Greta Rainbow, Vulture, 7 May 2021 By all accounts from all sides, there is a sincere desire to make something work on this. Manu Raju And Jessica Dean, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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“Sincere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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sin·​cere | \ sin-ˈsir How to pronounce sincere (audio) \
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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