sin·​cere·​ly sin-ˈsir-lē How to pronounce sincerely (audio)
: in a sincere or truthful way : with truth, genuineness, or straightforwardness
apologizing sincerely
I am sincerely sorry for your loss.
George Clooney, a pleasant man, tries sincerely to give some credibility to Kelvin, and if he doesn't earn our belief, at least he has our sympathy.Stanley Kauffman
The room was quiet until a student in the back of the room let out an enormous belch and said, not too sincerely, "Sorry."E. L. Konigsburg
often used as a complimentary close with or without yours
… Thank you for your attention to this matter. Sincerely, Robert Brown
Sincerely yours, John Smith
Yours sincerely, Jane Doe

Examples of sincerely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What about sincerely positive reviews for Madame Web — not ironic camp appreciation and not miscategorizations. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 But Carlson insisted at the outset of his interview that the Russian president’s views are sincerely held, and the onetime KGB intelligence officer’s rhetoric was so shot through with Bolshevist agitprop that the former Fox host may be right. Noah Rothman, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 Focus your efforts on collaborators who are sincerely up for the challenge instead of pushing reluctant folks along the way., Baltimore Sun, 3 Feb. 2024 The monologue ended sincerely with Elordi thanking everyone including the audience for his success. Omar L. Gallaga, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2024 Given that California faces such a huge gap even with one of the nation’s highest levels of taxation, Children Now’s agenda, however sincerely advanced, is highly unlikely to be adopted. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 9 Jan. 2024 Iowans who agree should caucus for him and not worry about voting strategically — and those who sincerely prefer Haley should do the same for their candidate. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 15 Jan. 2024 The band’s first album without DeLorenzo, New Times, did not sincerely announce a new era for Violent Femmes, but its sound is a bit of leap into ‘90s modern rock. Al Shipley, SPIN, 29 Dec. 2023 Oxygen South Pole, the timepiece turned out to sincerely fulfill all of those duties as a necessity. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 22 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sincerely was in 1560

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“Sincerely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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