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sincerity

[sin-ser-i-tee] /sɪnˈsɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural sincerities.
1.
freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity; probity in intention or in communicating; earnestness.
Origin of sincerity
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin sincēritās. See sincere, -ity
Related forms
supersincerity, noun
Synonyms
truth, candor, frankness. See honor.
Antonyms
duplicity.
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  • Once you got over his remarkable aptitude for sincerities he had an excellent heart.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • I have no reverence for the Trust, but I am not lacking in reverence for the sincerities of the lay membership of the new Church.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He had long been a connoisseur in the sincerities and evasions of color-tones.

    Against The Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans
Word Origin and History for sincerities

sincerity

n.

early 15c., "honesty, genuineness," from Middle French sinceritie (early 16c., Modern French sincérité) and directly from Latin sinceritatem (nominative sinceritas) "purity, soundness, wholeness," from sincerus "whole, clean, uninjured," figuratively "sound, genuine, pure, true, candid, truthful" (see sincere).

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