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insincere

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Pronunciation: /ɪnsɪnˈsɪə
 
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Definition of insincere in English:

adjective

Not expressing genuine feelings: she flashed him an insincere smile
More example sentences
  • It's not an insincere smile, just rather mysterious: you see it neither arriving nor departing.
  • She describes this binding of her brother's death with a call to arms as insincere, hypocritical and exploitative.
  • Hallie gave him a quick, insincere smile that looked more like a grimace.
Synonyms
false, fake, hollow, artificial, feigned, pretended, put-on, exaggerated, overdone, lacking sincerity, not candid, not frank;
informal phoney, pretend, pseud

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin insincerus, from in- 'not' + sincerus 'sincere'.

Derivatives

insincerely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘Thank you,’ she said insincerely, though she knew it was rude.
  • He looked up and smiled as insincerely as he could.
  • Students would not succumb to their desire to insincerely reproduce what their teachers profess.

insincerity

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈsɛrɪti/
noun (plural insincerities)
Example sentences
  • Despite its insincerity and impossibility, the other side must make the appearance of not only giving serious consideration, but actual enthusiasm.
  • Introducing new agenda supposedly aimed streamlining global trade when some impediments to some members already exist may smack of insincerity.
  • My experiences and professional work have left me pretty cynical about people's motivations sometimes, and I am extremely adept at picking up insincerity.

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