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[in-sin-seer] /ˌɪn sɪnˈsɪər/
not sincere; not honest in the expression of actual feeling; hypocritical.
Origin of insincere
1625-35; < Latin insincērus tainted, dishonest; see in-3, sincere
Related forms
insincerely, adverb
deceitful, disingenuous, guileful, two-faced. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insincere
  • But however insincere you may choose to be, you shall not find me so.
  • They are not insincere when they say that they believe these things.
  • To deny it is to see in art only something frivolous and insincere.
  • Dismissing real concerns as political is disingenuous, insincere and perhaps sinister.
  • As we've seen here on the fora, lots of people will write glowing, insincere letters even when the student waives access.
  • These he felt were insincere, commercially inspired artificial holidays.
  • Had he disowned his own reform it would have been another insincere flip-flop, and that would have attracted even more criticism.
  • Those laughs were not insincere, but they didn't feel right for some other reason.
  • The insincere, the half sincere, may on occasion contribute.
  • Look into someone's eyes and you can tell if he is happy or sad, truthful or insincere, sober or drunk.
British Dictionary definitions for insincere


lacking sincerity; hypocritical
Derived Forms
insincerely, adverb
insincerity (ˌɪnsɪnˈsɛrɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for insincere

1620s (implied in insincerely), from Latin insincerus "not genuine, not pure, adulterated," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sincerus (see sincere).

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