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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Recent Examples on the Web Surfacing uncommon pathways for emotional sincerity has long been the object of Sanders’s work. New York Times, 29 July 2022 Ashur offers a suave Wale who conveys both the character’s jaded self-assurance and bedrock sincerity. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 James Udom plays the role with a beautiful command of Shakespearean language and a gentility and sincerity not usually seen in this character. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 June 2022 Treading the line between cynicism and sincerity is the most important thing to me and my work. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 7 June 2022 He should have been banned for life from re-applying or qualifying for a nomination for his arrogance and lack of sincerity in his apology. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2022 This word is overused and seemingly nonsense, especially when there's no sincerity and the answer isn’t backed up with the importance of your role. Expert Panel, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Mark Wahlberg brings fresh exuberance and irresistible sincerity to this biopic about family life and individual faith. Armond White, National Review, 8 July 2022 Even before any aliens arrive, the characters come off as joke versions of the stars of the movie, who actually played their roles in total sincerity. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 1 July 2022 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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