sincerity

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From Middle French sincérité.

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sincerity (countable and uncountable, plural sincerities)

  1. The quality or state of being sincere; honesty of mind or intention; freedom from simulation, hypocrisy, disguise, or false pretense.
    • William Shakespeare:
      I protest, in the sincerity of love.
    • Knox:
      Sincerity is a duty no less plain than important.
    • George Burns
      Sincerity is everything. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.