Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not sincere; not genuine.
  • adjective Habitually phony or dishonest.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not genuine; unsound; imperfect.
  • Not sincere in character; making a false or hypocritical show of opinions or feelings.
  • Not sincere in quality; simulated; deceptive; false.
  • Synonyms Disingenuous, uncandid, double-faced, hollow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not being in truth what one appears to be; not sincere; dissembling; hypocritical; disingenuous; deceitful; false; -- said of persons; also of speech, thought; etc..
  • adjective obsolete Disappointing; imperfect; unsound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective not sincere
  • adjective not serious

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lacking sincerity

Etymologies

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From Latin insincerus.

Examples

  • PARIS Reuters - The French media scorned what it called an insincere and staged TV apology by Dominique Strauss-Kahn for his sexual encounter with a New York hotel maid, with many noting he left the door ajar for a eventual political comeback.

    Reuters: Top News

  • PARIS Reuters - The French media scorned what it called an insincere and staged TV apology by Dominique Strauss-Kahn for his sexual encounter with a New York hotel maid, with many noting he left the door ajar for a eventual political comeback.

    Reuters: Top News

  • The father and daughter behind France's main far-right party have taken aim at conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy for what they called his insincere tribute to Joan of Arc.

    The Seattle Times

  • PARIS - The father and daughter behind France's main far-right party have taken aim at conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy for what they called his insincere tribute to Joan of Arc.

    www.startribune.com

  • PARIS Reuters - The French media scorned what it called an insincere and staged TV apology by Dominique Strauss-Kahn for his sexual encounter with a New York hotel maid, with many noting he left the door ajar for a eventual political comeback.

    Reuters: Top News

  • PARIS Reuters - The French media scorned what it called an insincere and staged TV apology by Dominique Strauss-Kahn for his sexual encounter with a New York hotel maid, with many noting he left the door ajar for a eventual political comeback.

    Reuters: Top News

  • The parents, who met Monday night, say they are frustrated with what they call insincere apologies and attempts to put the onus of the presentation on the students.

    coloradoan.com - Local News

  • That the pattern was arbitrary, theatrical, sentimental, somewhat meretricious in design, in a word insincere like its inventor, has been repeated at due intervals ever since 1868.

    The American Spirit in Literature : a chronicle of great interpreters

  • I admit that it was so, though I will not admit without a protest that the word insincere should be applied to him as describing his character generally.

    The Life of Cicero

  • I admit that it was so, though I will not admit without a protest that the word insincere should be applied to him as describing his character generally.

    Life of Cicero Volume One

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