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[sin-seer] /sɪnˈsɪər/
adjective, sincerer, sincerest.
free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness; earnest:
a sincere apology.
genuine; real:
a sincere effort to improve; a sincere friend.
pure; unmixed; unadulterated.
Obsolete. sound; unimpaired.
Origin of sincere
1525-35; < Latin sincērus pure, clean, untainted
Related forms
sincerely, adverb
sincereness, noun
quasi-sincere, adjective
quasi-sincerely, adverb
1. frank, candid, honest, open, guileless; unaffected. See earnest1 .
1, 2. false. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sincerely
  • What completes the misfortune of the habitual sinner is, that few who have fallen into that gulf ever sincerely rise again.
  • But, it is not acceptable in an intelligent discussion to use harsh language regarding the sincerely-held views of others.
  • In a series of meetings with opposition leaders, they have insisted that they sincerely want an early return to civilian rule.
  • The caretaker prime ministers are broadly popular and generally regarded as sincerely committed to reform.
  • People can sincerely disagree, and you should not prejudge my motives.
  • When you admit sincerely that you are indeed guilty.
  • We are sincerely grateful to all of you who have joined us in print and online.
  • It's a phrase, when used sincerely with eye contact, that diffuses a lot of tense situations in life.
  • They were horrified by violence and sincerely wanted the war to end.
  • He was sincerely devoted to his wife, who also managed his campaigns.
British Dictionary definitions for sincerely


not hypocritical or deceitful; open; genuine: a sincere person, sincere regret
(archaic) pure; unadulterated; unmixed
(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 sincerely

1530s, "correctly;" 1550s, "honestly," from sincere + -ly (2). As a subscription to letters, recorded from 1702.



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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