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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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  • How could it be when I lack skill to persuade you of the sincerity of my sentiments?

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • It continued musically low, but there was in it the insistent note of sincerity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I assured her that Clare was nothing to me now, and I convinced her of my sincerity.

    Spiritual Adventures Arthur Symons
  • The sincerity of him was excuse enough for the seeming indelicacy of the question.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Let us get those two items set down with some sincerity, and a few more of the same kind.

Word Origin and History for 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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