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insincerity

[in-sin-ser-i-tee] /ˌɪn sɪnˈsɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural insincerities for 2.
1.
the quality of being insincere; lack of sincerity; hypocrisy; deceitfulness.
2.
an instance of being insincere:
He recalled their many past insincerities.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; in-3 + sincerity
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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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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