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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The litmus test for the sincerity of Mr. Zuckerman’s convictions... WSJ, "Shireman and Allies Want To Kill For-Profit Schools," 15 Mar. 2019 Hall grounds what could be a chaotic character, nailing every scene with palpable sincerity. Kyndall Cunningham, Glamour, "The Oscar Race Is All About Gaga vs. Glenn—But What About Women of Color?," 22 Jan. 2019 Yet there's a sincerity in every note that creates a depth Pavarotti wouldn't get. Chuck Yarborough,, "Chuck Auerbach follows in the footsteps of his Black Keys son with Beachland gig (concert review)," 4 May 2018 Benjamin Spock, the best-selling pediatrician and outspoken critic of the war, doubted its sincerity. The Washington Post,, "LBJ left the 1968 presidential race 50 years ago today," 31 Mar. 2018 In all sincerity, though, Markle should stream Phoenix. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Security Is So Intense It Reportedly Annoyed Kendall Jenner," 17 Dec. 2018 In all sincerity, the Pacers aren't signing LeBron James. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Victor Oladipo to LeBron: 'If you want to win, come to Indy'," 26 June 2018 That’s why some observers are cynical about Exxon’s sincerity in curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Exxon is lobbying for a carbon tax. There is, obviously, a catch.," 18 Oct. 2018 Throughout his career, Redford was always a solid performer who brought a sense of sincerity as well as effortless charisma to his acting. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘The Old Man & the Gun’: Robert Redford rides off on a sweet, fitting note," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sincerity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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