Definition of sincere in English:

sincere

adjectivesincerest, sincerer

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sincere

/sɪnˈsɪə/