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sincerity

[sin-ser-i-tee]
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noun, plural sin·cer·i·ties.
  1. freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity; probity in intention or in communicating; earnestness.
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Origin of sincerity

From the Latin word sincēritās, dating back to 1540–50. See sincere, -ity
Related formssu·per·sin·cer·i·ty, noun

Synonyms

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truth, candor, frankness.

Synonym study

See honor.

Antonyms

duplicity.
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  • It continued musically low, but there was in it the insistent note of sincerity.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Presently, however, the sincerity and persistence of the girl won him over.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The sincerity of him was excuse enough for the seeming indelicacy of the question.

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    Marvin Dana

  • The quality of sincerity in Dick's voice was more convincing than any vow might have been.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • For the first time, he found himself believing in her sincerity.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart


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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