follow Dictionary.com

What's the difference between i.e. and e.g.?

sincere

[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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for sincere
  • Sarcasm seems to exercise the brain more than sincere statements do.
  • Please accept my sincere apologies for this horrible mistake.
  • At both shows, fans sang along to his poetically succinct lyrics, which he delivers in a punchy and sincere style.
  • Winfrey's perfection of the art of acting sincere probably made the development of dramatic range impossible-and unnecessary.
  • The hokeyness of it made the actors sound that much more sincere when they thanked the stunt-double community.
  • Cringe if you must, but in the room, it felt sincere.
  • If the mission is sincere, so is the commitment to making money.
  • They were quite sincere and considered theirs a moral crusade.
  • We are sincere and quite reasoned, something that some might emulate.
  • As long as the marriage is valid, and sincere, no questions are asked.
British Dictionary definitions for sincere

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sincere

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sincere

9
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with sincere