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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Jane and Michael Banks, played with tender sincerity and maximum adorableness by the moppet actors Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber in 1964, are now played by Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Do You Reinvent Mary Poppins for 2018? Emily Blunt Has a Few Ideas," 8 Nov. 2018 Their response to the regulations proposed will provide a test of their sincerity. Kc Johnson And, WSJ, "DeVos Keeps Her Promise on Campus Due Process," 18 Nov. 2018 The most notable difference between Contra and the woman who plays her lies in the question of sincerity; in person, Wynn is earnest and agonizes over the utility of her work. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 Loaded with wit and sincerity laced over grunge power chords, Glaspy quickly set herself apart from the singer-songwriters of the East Coast with a unique personality and sound. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see Chicago concerts this week: Fraternal Twin, Lovejoy, Public," 18 July 2017 Japan relies heavily on the U.S. for its security and is deeply skeptical of North Korea’s sincerity. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Trump’s Approach on North Korea a Test of Ties With Asian Allies," 13 June 2018 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

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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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