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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His victorious opponents, Assemblyman Ryan Peters and Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield, questioned the sincerity of Howarth’s loyalties to President Donald Trump. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Trump-branded Assemblyman Joe Howarth loses to party regulars in Burlington County primary," 5 June 2019 But cruising’s simple sincerity never sat well with Wallace and the generation of cruise writers who followed on his sea legs. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of sincerity

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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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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