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[in-sin-ser-i-tee] /ˌɪn sɪnˈsɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural insincerities for 2.
the quality of being insincere; lack of sincerity; hypocrisy; deceitfulness.
an instance of being insincere:
He recalled their many past insincerities.
Origin of insincerity
1540-50; in-3 + sincerity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They processed the insincerity as rapidly as they processed the basic meaning of the words.
  • Experienced faculty members on the search committee will no doubt be quick to sniff out any hint of obsequiousness or insincerity.
  • Sure, there is a fine line here between collegiality and insincerity, intellectual curiosity and intrusiveness.
  • But his is an insincerity that will never lack admirers.
  • The same principle is behind the insincerity with which novelist-critics review each other's books.
  • When you hear kind words but sense insincerity, you could take offense.
  • Perhaps the seeming incoherence in his thinking on capital punishment is the result of insincerity, as some have claimed.
  • The fact that he hasn't shows the insincerity of his apology.
  • Similarly, students will notice when teachers give insincere praise, and this insincerity will make praise less effective.
  • To combat nervousness that an audience might interpret as insincerity or untruthfulness, sit up straight and take deep breaths.
Word Origin and History for insincerity

1540s, from Latin insincerus (see insincere) + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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