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[sin-ser-i-tee] /sɪnˈsɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural sincerities.
freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity; probity in intention or in communicating; earnestness.
Origin of sincerity
From the Latin word sincēritās, dating back to 1540-50. See sincere, -ity
Related forms
supersincerity, noun
truth, candor, frankness.
Synonym Study
See honor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • The masses were superior in the sincerity and truthfulness of their mores by the contrast.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I assured her that Clare was nothing to me now, and I convinced her of my sincerity.

    Spiritual Adventures Arthur Symons
  • He was never surer of anything in his life than he was of Adam's sincerity.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • 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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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