sin·cer·i·ty | \sin-ˈser-ə-tē, -ˈsir-, sən- \

Definition of sincerity 

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

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Related The South Korean leader’s rosy outlook contrasts with doubts among North Korea watchers over Pyongyang’s sincerity toward denuclearization. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Accentuate the Positive: North Korea Is Looking to Build Trust, Moon Says," 12 July 2018 And while Imagine Dragons' massive hits are designed for massive reach — with a bit of hip-hop here, some sweeping folk there and, always, anthemic choruses — there's no denying the band's sincerity. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Imagine Dragons an explosive start to Summerfest at American Family Insurance Amphitheater," 27 June 2018 Rudd is a winning combination of sass and sincerity. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and The Wasp': What the Critics Are Saying," 27 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Never mind that Moore is a man of impeccable integrity and sincerity and has a staff that reflects his values. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "The Royals are considering trying to sign Luke Heimlich. Here's why they shouldn't," 25 June 2018 That goal was fundamentally so impossible as to be comic, but his ordeal in its pursuit—materialized in the bodily scrimmages of his sculpture—conveys a desperate sincerity. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Giacometti’s Skinny Sublimity," 6 June 2018 The varied experiences amplify the snappy pop track while adding a sincerity to the underlying heart of the lyrics. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "SHY Martin Can't Help But 'Forget To Forget' in Latest Video: Exclusive," 5 June 2018 Roth achieved this new sincerity without giving up the comedic gifts—the skill writing in the vernacular and talent for grotesque exaggeration—that came with Portnoy’s Complaint. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker," 23 May 2018 His likeness has inspired countless memes that straddle the line between lulzy irony and utter sincerity (one widely circulated picture depicts him as a literal saint, his face Photoshopped into a religious painting). David Futrelle, The Cut, "When a Mass Murderer Has a Cult Following," 27 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of sincerity

: freedom from fraud or deception : honesty

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