Definition of sincere in English:

sincere

adjective

  • 1Free from pretense 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although it was sincere, such a policy is not sustainable in the end.’
    • ‘Your feeling for this person would therefore be very real and very sincere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have a sincere and deep conviction about the license of free speech.’
    • ‘The painting also feels achingly sincere, while also appearing a little awkward.’
    • ‘What has he got to show us for all his well-hidden, but undoubtedly sincere, concern?’
    • ‘The club has extended a sincere thanks to all that support the weekly lotto.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The committee wishes to express sincere thanks to all those who supported it and donated prizes.’
    • ‘No political entity should object to the sincere efforts to improve the city in even the smallest way.’
    • ‘The sincere and succinct work has won a multitude of readers and gained the applause of local critics.’
    • ‘Suddenly you're not even trying to paint on a smile that's not sincere.’
    • ‘To all the family and relations deepest and sincere sympathy is extended on this very sad occasion.’
    • ‘As far as this is concerned, there was no distortion of facts, but only a sincere statement of their observations.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Be sincere and careful not to make it sound as if you are moaning.’
      • ‘The German political elite was sincere in renouncing German nationalism.’
      • ‘Even when converts appear genuine and sincere, it's still a difficult concept to take seriously.’
      • ‘Saved by Mary and taken under her wing, they benefited from the love and education of a sincere and intelligent woman.’
      • ‘This suggests to us that journalists are indeed sincere in their belief that they are free and independent.’
      • ‘I've no doubt they were sincere and am sure they don't want mass starvation.’
      • ‘I cannot discern anything tricksy in his demeanour, I really do believe that he is sincere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is being sincere, even if he's not always completely honest with his intentions.’
      • ‘Karen had promised, and her palpable disappointment had given him reason to believe she was sincere.’
      • ‘A sincere man, he says integrity makes sense from a business point of view.’
      • ‘If the parents are honest and sincere, the teenager will feel obligated to adhere to such values.’
      • ‘Denis was one of nature's true gentlemen, quiet and sincere and a wonderful family man.’
      • ‘Many are run by sincere people who genuinely believe what they teach.’
      • ‘We respect your willingness to debate with us, and we believe that you are sincere in your arguments.’
      • ‘If teachers are sincere, they sometimes request their relatives to chip in and take a class or two.’
      • ‘Whilst most of these champions are articulate and sincere, they are also human, and therefore flawed.’
      • ‘I mean a more subtle form which is displayed by even the most well meaning and sincere people.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sincere

/sɪnˈsɪr//sinˈsir/