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insincere Syllabification: in·sin·cere
Pronunciation: /ˌinsənˈsir/

Definition of insincere in English:


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.


Pronunciation: /ˌinsinˈsirlē/
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.


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

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