Definition of sincere in English:



  • 1Free from pretence or deceit; proceeding from genuine feelings.

    ‘they offer their sincere thanks to Paul’
    • ‘The committee wishes to express sincere thanks to all those who supported it and donated prizes.’
    • ‘As far as this is concerned, there was no distortion of facts, but only a sincere statement of their observations.’
    • ‘Hence, we try to make our supplication sincere, free of any thoughts that may not please God.’
    • ‘To all the family and relations deepest and sincere sympathy is extended on this very sad occasion.’
    • ‘Suddenly you're not even trying to paint on a smile that's not sincere.’
    • ‘The truth was more that the agenda didn't fit with her sincere and earnest style, so why should she change in order to fit it?’
    • ‘No political entity should object to the sincere efforts to improve the city in even the smallest way.’
    • ‘Let's have a real, sincere dialogue on that issue and then try to move forward together.’
    • ‘They have a sincere and deep conviction about the license of free speech.’
    • ‘Wouldn't a prayer or period of quiet reflection be more genuine and sincere?’
    • ‘The way he captured Donald's sincere love, admiration, and envy for his brother was remarkable.’
    • ‘Although it was sincere, such a policy is not sustainable in the end.’
    • ‘I would like to offer my sincere apologies to you if you have wrongly received a reminder about your council tax in the last week.’
    • ‘The sincere and succinct work has won a multitude of readers and gained the applause of local critics.’
    • ‘Your feeling for this person would therefore be very real and very sincere.’
    • ‘The club has extended a sincere thanks to all that support the weekly lotto.’
    • ‘He created an absurd and funny universe that, though ridiculous, always seemed real and sincere.’
    • ‘Our apologies that this letter is of a general nature, but the gratitude and thanks are nonetheless just as sincere.’
    • ‘What has he got to show us for all his well-hidden, but undoubtedly sincere, concern?’
    • ‘The painting also feels achingly sincere, while also appearing a little awkward.’
    honest, genuine, truthful, unhypocritical, meaning what one says, straightforward, direct, frank, candid
    heartfelt, wholehearted, profound, deep, from the heart
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    1. 1.1(of a person) saying what they genuinely feel or believe; not dishonest or hypocritical.
      ‘she'd sounded sincere enough’
      ‘a painfully sincere young actor’
      • ‘Many are run by sincere people who genuinely believe what they teach.’
      • ‘In his contact with people he was sincere and forthright, and always generous and ready to help in a practical way.’
      • ‘If they were sincere they would open the entire process of the city budget allocation to the public.’
      • ‘If teachers are sincere, they sometimes request their relatives to chip in and take a class or two.’
      • ‘What made it worse was that I couldn't even be sure he was sincere in suggesting we stood out as a nation of bookkeepers.’
      • ‘If the parents are honest and sincere, the teenager will feel obligated to adhere to such values.’
      • ‘Whilst most of these champions are articulate and sincere, they are also human, and therefore flawed.’
      • ‘The German political elite was sincere in renouncing German nationalism.’
      • ‘Saved by Mary and taken under her wing, they benefited from the love and education of a sincere and intelligent woman.’
      • ‘Denis was one of nature's true gentlemen, quiet and sincere and a wonderful family man.’
      • ‘I mean a more subtle form which is displayed by even the most well meaning and sincere people.’
      • ‘We respect your willingness to debate with us, and we believe that you are sincere in your arguments.’
      • ‘A sincere man, he says integrity makes sense from a business point of view.’
      • ‘I've no doubt they were sincere and am sure they don't want mass starvation.’
      • ‘He is being sincere, even if he's not always completely honest with his intentions.’
      • ‘Even when converts appear genuine and sincere, it's still a difficult concept to take seriously.’
      • ‘I cannot discern anything tricksy in his demeanour, I really do believe that he is sincere.’
      • ‘Be sincere and careful not to make it sound as if you are moaning.’
      • ‘Karen had promised, and her palpable disappointment had given him reason to believe she was sincere.’
      • ‘This suggests to us that journalists are indeed sincere in their belief that they are free and independent.’


Mid 16th century (also in the sense ‘not falsified, unadulterated’): from Latin sincerus clean, pure.