sincere

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adjective sin·cere \ sin-ˈsir , sən- \

Definition of sincere

sincerer; sincerest
1 a :free of dissimulation :honest
  • a sincere interest
b :free from adulteration :pure
  • a sincere doctrine
  • sincere wine
2 :marked by genuineness :true

sincerely

adverb

sincereness

noun

Examples of sincere in a Sentence

  1. He sounded sincere in his promises.

  2. She seemed sincere in her commitment to finish school.

  3. She has a sincere interest in painting.

  4. He showed a sincere concern for her health.

  5. He made a sincere attempt to quit smoking.

  6. Please accept our sincere thanks.

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Origin and Etymology of sincere

Middle French, from Latin sincerus whole, pure, genuine, probably from sem- one + -cerus (akin to Latin crescere to grow) — more at same, crescent

Synonym Discussion of sincere

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

SINCERE Defined for Kids

sincere

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adjective sin·cere \ sin-ˈsir \

Definition of sincere for Students

sincerer; sincerest
1 :having or showing honesty :straightforward
  • a sincere person
2 :being what it seems to be :genuine
  • sincere good wishes

sincerely

adverb


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