Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not sincere; hypocritical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not sincere
  • adj. not serious

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. lacking sincerity

Etymologies

From Latin insincerus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Now, people, like me you may have children, and someday those little children may come to you with that innocent look in their eyes and ask you, “Mom” or Dad, “what’s the definition of insincere?”

    Keep It Simple

  • Only if you were to explain to Matt Young how he was wrong to call your insincere “apology” an apology at all, or to refer to it as “gracious”.

    Summer Institute on Science and Religion at the Jefferson Center - The Panda's Thumb

  • Still, the society of home will be better and more truly refined, than if it were more hollow, and affected, and insincere -- in other words, made up of more fashionable materials.

    The Young Woman's Guide

  • We can claim that she's insincere, which is certainly true.

    Out-Loud Brainwaves

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