sincerity

noun

sin·​cer·​i·​ty sin-ˈser-ə-tē How to pronounce sincerity (audio)
-ˈsir-,
sən- How to pronounce sincerity (audio)
: the quality or state of being sincere : honesty of mind : freedom from hypocrisy

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is the point at which those of us who hold some fond feelings for Smith as a person may be tempted to ignore iffy acting, writing and direction in the name of obvious sincerity and personal closure. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2022 Secrecy and money helped Mr. Fielder pull off the magic trick that is his new reality-style series, which blurs sincerity and artifice to a disarming effect. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2022 Many question the sincerity of her change of heart, and say the damage has been done. Angela Charlton, ajc, 17 July 2022 Her power, sincerity and vocal range blew the crowd away, and hopefully warmed them up a bit with pride. Amanda Horowitz Usatoday, The Enquirer, 1 July 2022 But doxxing has since then been used to describe so many different situations—with varying degrees of sincerity and fairness—that its original utility has faded. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 22 Apr. 2022 For Gen Z, trust is built on sincerity and not purpose. Solitaire Townsend, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 Few Europeans question the sincerity of his outreach. Mark Landler, New York Times, 11 June 2021 Certainly, any shortcomings of the tree-planting movement as a whole cannot be attributed to a lack of sincerity on the part of its members. New York Times, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sincerity was in the 15th century

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“Sincerity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sincerity. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

sincerity

noun

sin·​cer·​i·​ty sin-ˈser-ə-tē How to pronounce sincerity (audio)
: freedom from fraud or deception : honesty

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2022

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