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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Watching the 1995 film Forrest Gump can elicit sincere emotion and pleasure or more negative responses in viewers, depending on one's subjective cinematic tastes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "What watching Forrest Gump tells us about how we store memories," 18 Oct. 2018 First and foremost, my sincere apologies for not using your proper royal title. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Royal Baby," 7 May 2019 Her reply was a reflection of her moxie, not of a sincere desire to raise an army of Bengali-speaking conquistadors. Reihan Salam, WSJ, "A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis," 21 Sep. 2018 That shows huge strength of character and a sincere desire to have my back. Arie Luyendyk Jr., PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr. on Lauren B.: 'I Hadn't Felt Like This About Someone Since Emily'," 14 Feb. 2018 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

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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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