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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sincereadjective

    open and genuine; not deceitful

    "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship"

  2. earnest, sincere, solemnadjective

    characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

    "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"


  1. sincereadjective

    earnest; meaning what one says or does; truthful.

    I believe he is sincere in his offer to help.

  2. sincereadjective

    meant truly or earnestly.

    She gave it a sincere, if misguided effort.

  3. Etymology: From sincère, from sincerus, from sin- +, from which also Ceres from which English cereal.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sincereadjective

    Etymology: sincerus, Latin; sincere, French.

    He try’d a tough well chosen spear;
    Th’ inviolable body stood sincere. Dryden.

    Pardon my tears, ’tis joy which bids them flow:
    A joy which never was sincere till now;
    That which my conquest gave, I could not prize,
    Or ’twas imperfect till I saw your eyes. Dryden.

    The pleasures of sense beasts taste sincere and pure always, without mixture or allay, without being distracted in the pursuit, or disquieted in the use of them. Francis Atterbury.

    Animal substances differ from vegetable, in that being reduced to ashes, they are perfectly insipid, and in that there is no sincere acid in any animal juice. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    This top proud fellow,
    Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but
    From sincere motions by intelligence
    I do know to be corrupt. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Nor troubled at these tidings from the earth,
    Which your sincerest care could not prevent;
    Foretold so lately what would come to pass,
    When first this temper cross’d the gulf from hell. John Milton.

    In English I would have all Gallicisms avoided, that our tongue may be sincere, and that we may keep to our own language. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.


  1. sincere

    Sincerity is the virtue of one who communicates and acts in accordance with the entirety of their feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and desires in a manner that is honest and genuine.


  1. sincere

    Sincere refers to someone who is free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy in their actions, statements, or feelings, expressing genuine emotion or intention. A sincere person is honest and straightforward, not attempting to hide or mislead. It can also refer to something that is heartfelt, earnest, or true.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sincere

    pure; unmixed; unadulterated

  2. Sincere

    whole; perfect; unhurt; uninjured

  3. Sincere

    being in reality what it appears to be; having a character which corresponds with the appearance; not falsely assumed; genuine; true; real; as, a sincere desire for knowledge; a sincere contempt for meanness

  4. Sincere

    honest; free from hypocrisy or dissimulation; as, a sincere friend; a sincere person

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sincere

    sin-sēr′, adj. clean: pure: (B.) unadulterated: being in reality what it is in appearance: unfeigned: frank: honest: true, virtuous.—adv. Sincēre′ly.—ns. Sincēre′ness, Sincer′ity, state or quality of being sincere: honesty of mind: freedom from pretence. [Fr.,—L. sincerus, clean, generally derived from sine, without, cera, wax; better from sin-, single, -cerus for an assumed scerus, bright.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sincere is ranked #64388 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sincere surname appeared 309 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sincere.

    61.8% or 191 total occurrences were Black.
    34.9% or 108 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sincere in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sincere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sincere in a Sentence

  1. Tennessee Williams:

    Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincere there wouldn't be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones!

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.

  3. Director Tatia Pilieva:

    It felt so real and sincere and it was, they shed all these layers in front of our eyes and in front of the cameras and that sweetness and kindness resonated with people.

  4. George Leo Thomas:

    I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, sister or a lay church worker.

  5. Bahram Baloch:

    If you are not sincere to yourself, no one will be sincere to you.

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