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[sin-seer] /sɪnˈsɪər/
adjective, sincerer, sincerest.
1.
free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness; earnest:
a sincere apology.
2.
genuine; real:
a sincere effort to improve; a sincere friend.
3.
pure; unmixed; unadulterated.
4.
Obsolete. sound; unimpaired.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin sincērus pure, clean, untainted
Related forms
sincerely, adverb
sincereness, noun
quasi-sincere, adjective
quasi-sincerely, adverb
Synonyms
1. frank, candid, honest, open, guileless; unaffected. See earnest1 .
Antonyms
1, 2. false.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasisincere

sincere

/sɪnˈsɪə/
adjective
1.
not hypocritical or deceitful; open; genuine a sincere person, sincere regret
2.
(archaic) pure; unadulterated; unmixed
3.
(obsolete) sound; whole
Derived Forms
sincerely, adverb
sincerity (sɪnˈsɛrɪtɪ), sincereness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sincērus
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Word Origin and History for quasisincere

sincere

adj.

1530s, "pure, unmixed," from Middle French sincere (16c.), from Latin sincerus, of things, "whole, clean, pure, uninjured, unmixed," figuratively "sound, genuine, pure, true, candid, truthful," of uncertain origin. Ground sense seems to be "that which is not falsified." Meaning "free from pretense or falsehood" in English is from 1530s.

There has been a temptation to see the first element as Latin sine "without." But there is no etymological justification for the common story that the word means "without wax" (*sin cerae), which is dismissed out of hand by OED and others, and the stories invented to justify that folk etymology are even less plausible. Watkins has it as originally "of one growth" (i.e. "not hybrid, unmixed"), from PIE *sm-ke-ro-, from *sem- "one" (see same) + root of crescere "to grow" (see crescent).

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