sincerity

sincerity (n.) 1540s, from M.Fr. sincérité (early 16c.), from L. sinceritatem (nom. sinceritas), from sincerus "sound, pure, whole," perhaps originally "of one growth" (i.e. "not hybrid, unmixed"), from sem-, sin- "one" + root of crescere "to grow" (see CRESCENT (Cf. crescent)). Ground sense is of "that which is not falsified."

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  • Sincerity — is the virtue of one who speaks truly about his or her own feelings, thoughts, desires. Sincere expression carries risks to the speaker, since the ordinary screens used in everyday life are opened to the outside world. At the same time, we expect …   Wikipedia

  • Sincerity — Sin*cer i*ty, n. [L. sinceritas: cf. F. sinc[ e]rit[ e].] The quality or state of being sincere; honesty of mind or intention; freedom from simulation, hypocrisy, disguise, or false pretense; sincereness. [1913 Webster] I protest, in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • sincerity — [n] straightforwardness, honesty artlessness, bona fides, candor, earnestness, frankness, genuineness, good faith, goodwill, guilelessness, heart, honor, impartiality, innocence, justice, openness, probity, reliability, seriousness, sincereness,… …   New thesaurus

  • sincerity — [sin ser′ə tē] n. [MFr sincérité < L sinceritas] the quality or state of being sincere; honesty, genuineness, good faith, etc …   English World dictionary

  • sincerity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, deep, great, total, utmost ▪ genuine, heartfelt ▪ fake, false …   Collocations dictionary

  • sincerity — n. 1) to demonstrate, show sincerity 2) (misc.) to doubt smb. s sincerity; in all sincerity * * * [sɪn serɪtɪ] in all sincerity show sincerity (misc.) to doubt smb. s sincerity to demonstrate …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sincerity — sin|cer|i|ty [ sın serəti ] noun uncount an honest way of behaving that shows that you really mean what you say or do: He s like a politician who wants to convince you of his sincerity. in all sincerity MAINLY BRITISH used for showing that you… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sincerity — noun (U) 1 the quality of honestly believing something or really meaning what you say: I don t doubt her sincerity, but I think she s got her facts wrong. 2 in all sincerity formal very sincerely: May I say in all sincerity that your support has… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sincerity — noun 1. an earnest and sincere feeling (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑earnestness, ↑seriousness • Derivationally related forms: ↑sincere, ↑earnest (for: ↑earnestness) …   Useful english dictionary

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