- free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness; earnest: a sincere apology.
- genuine; real: a sincere effort to improve; a sincere friend.
- pure; unmixed; unadulterated.
- Obsolete. sound; unimpaired.
Origin of sincere
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Examples from the Web for sincere
As played by Omundson, King Richard is effeminate, sincere, and ten times funnier than everyone else.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501.Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
And make no mistake; they were backed up by sincere religious beliefs.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
The sky is not the limit; beliefs still must be sincere and connected to some for-real source.In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan
December 7, 2014
And as Greenhouse is a very smart and sincere person who loves the Court and the law, her crie de coeur is striking.A Reminder: Our Justices are Politicians in Robes
November 13, 2014
The devotion to and concern for our institutions are deep and sincere.
He put the question with an eagerness that seemed all sincere.Within the Law
A breath of sincere, touching admiration came from every side.The Dream
"Then I'm sure these illuminations of his for the peace are none of the most sincere," said O'Mooney.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The exclamation was sincere: at this moment she thought as she spoke.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
- not hypocritical or deceitful; open; genuinea sincere person; sincere regret
- archaic pure; unadulterated; unmixed
- obsolete sound; whole
Word Origin and History for sincere
1530s, "pure, unmixed," from Middle French sincere (16c.), from Latin sincerus, of things, "whole, clean, pure, uninjured, unmixed," figuratively "sound, genuine, pure, true, candid, truthful," of uncertain origin. Ground sense seems to be "that which is not falsified." Meaning "free from pretense or falsehood" in English is from 1530s.
There has been a temptation to see the first element as Latin sine "without." But there is no etymological justification for the common story that the word means "without wax" (*sin cerae), which is dismissed out of hand by OED and others, and the stories invented to justify that folk etymology are even less plausible. Watkins has it as originally "of one growth" (i.e. "not hybrid, unmixed"), from PIE *sm-ke-ro-, from *sem- "one" (see same) + root of crescere "to grow" (see crescent).