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

Examples of sincerity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And what better way to show sincerity about embracing the switch to a low-carbon future than stocking your fleet with EVs? University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 24 June 2021 DeWanda Wise as a nascent romantic interest brings a breezy sincerity. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 Cottrill’s music is rooted in almost stunning sincerity. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2021 Several other Republican senators joined Romney in vouching for the President's sincerity after his weekend clean-up effort. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 28 June 2021 But the best Fasts blend unhinged ridiculousness with over-the-top sincerity, which works best tethered to big characters feeling big emotions. Darren Franich,, 22 June 2021 Parsing Nick Clegg’s statements—and the overall sincerity of Facebook’s pledges—may be a fool’s game. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 It’s this sincerity – being genuine – that’ll enable you to lead with legitimate purpose and meaning. Imperial Business Insights, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Torres-Rosario still gets laughs, thanks to sharp comic timing in her accented line delivery, but those laughs come in appreciation for her character’s sincerity. Matthew J. Palm,, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of sincerity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Sincerity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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