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 For some, no words — written or spoken — in Jackson’s multiple apologies could convey satisfactory sincerity and contrition. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic social media posts provide painful yet important lesson for all of us," 11 July 2020 Carrey looks back on his comic roots, as a 7-year-old desperate to bring a smile to his ill mother’s face, with sincerity. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Jim Carrey the actor-writer deconstructs Jim Carrey the character in ‘Memoirs and Misinformation’," 8 July 2020 As with all his other roles, Hanks handled it with grace, sincerity, and honesty. Melissa Locker, Time, "Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Had Very Different Reactions to COVID-19," 6 July 2020 Shy away from any involvements that lack sincerity., "Horoscope," 3 July 2020 In another mobility development, Apple Maps – which the company promises has improved with charming sincerity – will add routing to maximize electric vehicle range and access to charging stations. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Now your iPhone can control your car, monitor teen drivers' behavior," 27 June 2020 But this project requires, to use Nancy’s word, sincerity, and a concept of the future which must be mind-bendingly enormous in order to contain the movement’s demands. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Dream of Lasting Solidarity at the Dyke March," 24 June 2020 Such actions—viewed by many as a show of solidarity—have served to de-escalate heated situations, but some question the sincerity of these gestures. Stacey Mckenna, Scientific American, "Police Violence Calls for Measures beyond De-escalation Training," 17 June 2020 She is known for her tenacity, honesty, compassion, respect for others, sincerity and her drive for optimal results for clients. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor of the Week: Martinez knows the importance of home," 13 June 2020

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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 8 Aug. 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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