sincerity

[ sin-ser-i-tee ]
/ sɪnˈsɛr ɪ ti /

noun, plural sin·cer·i·ties.

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

Synonym study

See honor.
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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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