noun, plural sin·cer·i·ties.
  1. 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 formssu·per·sin·cer·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for sincerity

Synonym study

See honor.

Antonyms for sincerity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sincerities

Historical Examples of sincerities

  • He had long been a connoisseur in the sincerities and evasions of color-tones.

    Against The Grain

    Joris-Karl Huysmans

  • Once you got over his remarkable aptitude for sincerities he had an excellent heart.

    Gray youth

    Oliver Onions

  • I have no reverence for the Trust, but I am not lacking in reverence for the sincerities of the lay membership of the new Church.

    Christian Science

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Word Origin and History for sincerities



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