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[in-sin-seer] /ˌɪn sɪnˈsɪər/
not sincere; not honest in the expression of actual feeling; hypocritical.
Origin of insincere
1625-35; < Latin insincērus tainted, dishonest; see in-3, sincere
Related forms
insincerely, adverb
deceitful, disingenuous, guileful, two-faced. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for insincere
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  • This feeling was intensified by the belief that Swift, as a clergyman, was insincere.

  • An insincere profession will be distinguished by partiality in its observances.

  • Was it not, perhaps, wise to have been insincere in such a matter?

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • He is a foreigner, with the soft, insincere ways that I cannot like nor trust.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • That the worshipper should be insincere in his worship was too dreadful to think of.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
British Dictionary definitions for insincere


lacking sincerity; hypocritical
Derived Forms
insincerely, adverb
insincerity (ˌɪnsɪnˈsɛrɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for insincere

1620s (implied in insincerely), from Latin insincerus "not genuine, not pure, adulterated," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sincerus (see sincere).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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