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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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 At any rate, these types of thoughtful, sincere gestures can go a long way. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "5 ways to reward employees working from home: Ask HR," 23 June 2020 But Schumacher could be sincere, or genuinely shocking. Darren Franich,, "Remembering Joel Schumacher, an excessive stylist for an excessive time," 22 June 2020 Call up your friends, teammates, younger classmates and have a sincere conversation. John Richardson, al, "John Richardson, Westminster School at Oak Mountain," 19 June 2020 Others questioned whether the City Council’s efforts were sincere. Emilie Eaton,, "San Antonio activists call on City Council to improve psych exams for police, repeal local laws," 18 June 2020 Strive to straighten out misunderstandings in a sincere and heartfelt way. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 18, 2020: Leo, wait for clarity; Capricorn, open your mind to new ways," 18 June 2020 As a Black woman, my email and social media have been flooded recently with expressions of deep and sincere concern over race. Andrea King Collier, The Christian Science Monitor, "Anti-racism reading list: 10 books to get started," 16 June 2020 But to imply that those who do decide to play aren’t sincere in their commitment to social justice is unfair. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Hey Kyrie Irving, easy for you not to skip Orlando, but what about the others?," 16 June 2020 People of sincere faith who stand on God’s Word as their foundation for life should never be forced by the government to compromise their religious beliefs. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Franklin Graham slams Supreme Court gay and transgender ruling, arguing it ‘erodes religious freedoms across this country’," 16 June 2020

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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 3 Jul. 2020.

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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

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sincerely adverb

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