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[sin-ser-i-tee] /sɪnˈsɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural sincerities.
freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity; probity in intention or in communicating; earnestness.
1540-50; < Latin sincēritās. See sincere, -ity
Related forms
supersincerity, noun
truth, candor, frankness. See honor.
duplicity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for sincerity
  • They liked her apparent sincerity and straightforwardness.
  • The key to the success of any community-relations program, whatever your strategy, rests on sincerity.
  • Others questioned the sincerity of anything he might agree to write.
  • There are many persons who will enjoy the arrival of peace in so short a time with conspicuous sincerity and heartiness.
  • One committee member shrewdly pointed out that both remarks suggested a lack of sincerity.
  • His policies had failed, but people admired his sincerity and his ascetic life.
  • But the mental illness pretenders continued to exaggerate their symptoms, despite the request for sincerity.
  • But you also sense his sincerity about producing greener vehicles.
  • But the opposition doubts the sincerity of such appeals.
  • But the delegation is approaching this with conscientious sincerity.
Word Origin and History for sincerity
1540s, from M.Fr. sincérité (early 16c.), from L. sinceritatem (nom. sinceritas), from sincerus "sound, pure, whole," perhaps originally "of one growth" (i.e. "not hybrid, unmixed"), from sem-, sin- "one" + root of crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Ground sense is of "that which is not falsified."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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