sin·​cer·​i·​ty | \ sin-ˈser-ə-tē How to pronounce sincerity (audio) , -ˈsir-, sən- How to pronounce sincerity (audio) \

Definition of sincerity

: the quality or state of being sincere : honesty of mind : freedom from hypocrisy

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Recent Examples on the Web Yet, some were not fully convinced of the sincerity of his second round of comments. NBC News, "Stephen King backtracks on diversity comments after criticism," 14 Jan. 2020 While an understandable choice, the approach becomes wearying: A few more notes of sincerity would have better served the play. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Bravo for reviving the play that scandalized Jane Austen’s world," 11 Nov. 2019 Classic Don America formally notified the UN of its intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement to combat climate change, through which countries have pledged (with varying degrees of sincerity) to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. The Economist, "Politics this week," 7 Nov. 2019 And the final scene’s embrace of sincerity — a parade of poignant photo posts of Violetta and her lover, Alfredo — was puzzling after Mr. Stone’s initially cleareyed portrayal of this classic courtesan as a slave to the attention economy. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "An 18th-Century Opera, Supercharged for Our Time," 14 Oct. 2019 The sincerity of Chillag’s interviews serve the humor but also poignancy of the topics. Holly Ojalvo, Quartz, "The 3rd annual Quartz Casties: Our favorite podcasts of 2019," 22 Dec. 2019 Initially, Jewell and his attorney thought the invitation was a cruel joke, but eventually realized the sincerity of the offer. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Richard Jewell, hero of 1996 Atlanta Olympics attack, was grand marshal in Carmel parade," 12 Dec. 2019 One who questioned the sincerity of the CEOs was Joseph E. Stiglitz, chief economist at the progressive Roosevelt Institute and, like Friedman, a Nobel economics laureate. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jeff Bezos becomes the first CEO to break his pledge to dump the ‘shareholder value’ model," 16 Sep. 2019 So Johnson truly authored this unified mess, full of gorgeous sequences and exhausting sincerity. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: The Last Jedi destroys a legend to rebuild the same legend," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sincerity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Sincerity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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sin·​cer·​i·​ty | \ sin-ˈser-ə-tē How to pronounce sincerity (audio) \

Kids Definition of sincerity

: freedom from fraud or deception : honesty

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to assert without proof or before proving

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