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insincerity

[in-sin-ser-i-tee] /ˌɪn sɪnˈsɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural insincerities for 2.
1.
the quality of being insincere; lack of sincerity; hypocrisy; deceitfulness.
2.
an instance of being insincere:
He recalled their many past insincerities.
Origin of insincerity
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; in-3 + sincerity
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  • Better hell with an honest heart, than heaven with cowardice and insincerity.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • And yet, even as I said it, I was conscious of a peculiar feeling of insincerity.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • To what purpose was her diplomacy, her insincerity, her continued repression of vigour?

  • Ah, but you see, madame, it is an insincerity that does not mislead.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It throws a shadow of insincerity over their most deeply felt emotions.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
Word Origin and History for insincerity
n.

1540s, from Latin insincerus (see insincere) + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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