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 formsin·sin·cere·ly, adverb

Synonyms for insincere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insincerely

Contemporary Examples of insincerely

Historical Examples of insincerely

  • “But after night it is so very dark on the trail to camp,” he insincerely objected.

  • "You—you'll have to have patience," Henley remarked, insincerely.

    Dixie Hart

    Will N. Harben

  • "Well, but she couldn't know all about me," said George insincerely.

    The Roll-Call

    Arnold Bennett

  • "Fortunately it doesn't matter, as Julian is late too," said Mrs. Maldon insincerely, for it was mattering very much.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett

  • Still less, that she would be made happy by his insincerely pretending to be of the same religion.

    On Compromise

    John Morley

British Dictionary definitions for insincerely



lacking sincerity; hypocritical
Derived Formsinsincerely, adverbinsincerity (ˌɪnsɪnˈsɛrɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for insincerely



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

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