sincere

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for sincere

Synonyms

heartfelt, unfeigned

Antonyms

affected, artificial, false, feigned, insincere

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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

The point seems to be that only Adriana, the actress, is actually sincere, but that concept warred a bit with Ms. Netrebko’s stagey manner. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Review: More Than a Diva Showcase," 3 Jan. 2019 Her hair was perfectly coiffed (was that, Twitter buzzed, a new haircut?), her smile was perfectly sincere. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Is Officially Back on Royal Duty, and Charming the World Again," 2 Oct. 2018 But email folders make sense now, and my apps are all updated, save for a few deletions (my sincere apologies to HQ and Pokémon GO). Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "How I KonMari’d My Inbox (and My Desktop, and My Phone)," 28 Jan. 2019 Her family would like to express their sincere gratitude for her devoted medical team: the hematology department at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale, Dr. Alfred Lee, Dr. Edward Clerkin, and Ola's caregivers Elizabeth and Theresa. courant.com, "Ola K. Ferla," 11 July 2018 The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the prayers and support of our friends, their church families, Vitas Hospice, and the staff at Oakmonte Village Assisted Living in Lake Mary, Florida. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/8," 8 May 2018 Sauritch told Trump wistfully, offering POTUS his sincere gratitude. Time, "Trump Told a Steelworker His Father Was Looking Down on Him Proudly. One Small Correction: 'He's Still Alive'," 9 Mar. 2018 While Voigt’s work is clearly sensational, Gypsy Sport’s Rio Uribe is sincere in commitment to finding beauty in difference. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 Put this in the context of more general appreciation and the sincere hope that the person will understand that this is nothing personal. Rob Walker, The Seattle Times, "You’re ready to quit, but when should you actually do it?," 18 Feb. 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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sincere

adjective
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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