sincere

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See also: Sincere, sinceré, and sincère

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French sincere, from Latin sincerus (genuine), from Proto-Indo-European *sin- + *ḱer- (grow), from which also Ceres (goddess of harvest) from which English cereal.

Unrelated to sine (without) cera (wax) (folk etymology); see Wikipedia discussion.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /sɪnˈsɪə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)

Adjective[edit]

sincere (comparative more sincere or sincerer, superlative most sincere or sincerest)

  1. Genuine; meaning what one says or does; heartfelt.
    I believe he is sincere in his offer to help.
  2. Meant truly or earnestly.
    She gave it a sincere, if misguided effort.
  3. (archaic) clean; pure

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Esperanto[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sincera +‎ -e

Adverb[edit]

sincere

  1. sincerely

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sincere f pl

  1. feminine plural of sincero

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sincēre

  1. vocative masculine singular of sincērus

References[edit]

  • sincere in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sincere in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1441, borrowed from Latin sincērus.[1]

Adjective[edit]

sincere m, f (plural sinceres)

  1. sincere (genuinely meaning what one says or does)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ sincère” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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Verb[edit]

sincere

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of sincerarse.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of sincerarse.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of sincerarse.