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

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family. Glenn Garner,, 25 July 2022 People of color have heard after-the-fact apologies like that for many years, some completely sincere, some wholly insincere. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Perhaps there is some chance that Jackson is sincere about respecting the original meaning of the Constitution, or would at least be open to persuasion by colleagues on the Court. The Editors, National Review, 25 Mar. 2022 Not everyone is as sincere as you, though, and aspects on the 14th urge you to be self-protective. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 1 July 2022 How sincere is the humor and how much of liberals trying their best to be open-minded (or at least trying their best to score some ink)? Pat Myers, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 The vast majority of human beings on both sides are utterly sincere and operating out of their best understanding of life. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Corporations that are sincere in their goal to reduce their carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions usually do not make their climate commitments lightly. William Sisson, Forbes, 3 May 2022 And despite the recent angry words, each of us said a polite hello to the other… and both of us were sincere in those sentiments. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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