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sincere

[sin-seer]
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adjective, sin·cer·er, sin·cer·est.
  1. free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness; earnest: a sincere apology.
  2. genuine; real: a sincere effort to improve; a sincere friend.
  3. pure; unmixed; unadulterated.
  4. Obsolete. sound; unimpaired.
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Origin of sincere

First recorded in 1525–35, sincere is from the Latin word sincērus pure, clean, untainted
Related formssin·cere·ly, adverbsin·cere·ness, nounqua·si-sin·cere, adjectivequa·si-sin·cere·ly, adverb

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1. frank, candid, honest, open, guileless; unaffected. See earnest1.

Antonyms

1, 2. false.
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  • "I wish I had your faith in people, Grace," said Emma sincerely.

  • That is a great deal nowadays, and he loves you most sincerely.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • I sincerely hope that what I have done will not result in any discomfort or inconvenience to you.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • I sincerely wish you, sir, the success your perseverance so well deserves.

  • I am certain that for the little I have been able to do for you, you are the most sincerely grateful of men.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for sincerely

sincere

adjective
  1. not hypocritical or deceitful; open; genuinea sincere person; sincere regret
  2. archaic pure; unadulterated; unmixed
  3. obsolete sound; whole
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Derived Formssincerely, adverbsincerity (sɪnˈsɛrɪtɪ) or sincereness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin sincērus
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Word Origin and History for sincerely

adv.

1530s, "correctly;" 1550s, "honestly," from sincere + -ly (2). As a subscription to letters, recorded from 1702.

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sincere

adj.

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).

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