sin·​cere | \ sin-ˈsir, 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

sincerely adverb
sincereness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sincere


heartfelt, unfeigned


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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If the flavors are sincere, however, that's because they're imported from Emilia-Romagna, along with Torno Subito's chef, Bernardo Paladini, who previously helmed Gucci Osteria and Osteria Franceschetta. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Behind the Scenes at Massimo Bottura's New Dubai Restaurant," 27 Dec. 2018 Right now, when our world feels a little bit uncertain, hygge is a way to practice self-care that feels sincere. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Practiced Hygge and It's Kind of the Best Thing Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 While vying for Becca’s roses earlier this year on The Bachelorette, Leo struck many viewers as sincere and approachable — a description that seems to be the polar opposite of his behavior on Paradise. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Bachelor in Paradise," 29 Aug. 2018 Scouts had concerns about Cole’s weight, but there was sincere interest in him as well. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville native Keelan Cole's 'amazing story' nears a Super Bowl with Jacksonville Jaguars," 18 Jan. 2018 Our team would like to extend sincere thanks to all of our fans and customers. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "People React To Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line Closing," 25 July 2018 Our sincere condolences go out to Governor Brown and the First Lady and to everyone who knew and loved Nancy. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Colleagues and friends remember Nancy McFadden, late chief of staff to Jerry Brown | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Mar. 2018 Any advice? -- Grievin' Grandpa Dear Grandpa: My sincere condolences to all of you. Amy Dickinson,, "Grieving parent wonders how to respond," 19 Feb. 2018 Grievin’ Grandpa Dear Grandpa: My sincere condolences to all of you. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Ask Amy: Grieving parent wonders how to respond," 19 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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sin·​cere | \ sin-ˈsir \
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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