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insincere

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj insincere lacking sincerity "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman","their praise was extravagant and insincere"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insincere Disappointing; imperfect; unsound. "To render sleep's soft blessings insincere ."
    • Insincere Not being in truth what one appears to be; not sincere; dissembling; hypocritical; disingenuous; deceitful; false; -- said of persons; also of speech, thought; etc.; as, insincere declarations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insincere Not genuine; unsound; imperfect.
    • insincere Not sincere in character; making a false or hypocritical show of opinions or feelings.
    • insincere Not sincere in quality; simulated; deceptive; false.
    • insincere Synonyms Disingenuous, uncandid, double-faced, hollow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Insincere in-sin-sēr′ deceitful: dissembling: not to be trusted: unsound
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “What monster have we here? A great Deed at this hour of day? A great just deed -- and not for pay? Absurd -- or insincere?”
  • Source Unknown
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    “What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.”
  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    “Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings.”
  • V. S. Pritchett
    V. S. Pritchett
    “Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of the sincerely insincere.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. insincerus,. See In- not, and Sincere

Usage

In literature:

He was only impatient with affectation and insincerity.
"A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
But on this the Clergyman thrives, and weak women fall prostrate before his roaring insincerity.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 103, September 17, 1892" by Various
The upper classes of society, as a rule, were lukewarm and insincere in any form of belief.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
O giver of great wealth, all this betrays only deception, falsehood, and insincerity.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
In him, infinite insincerity was accompanied with a grace of manner which regained confidence as rapidly as it was forfeited.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
IV.iii.27 (350,2) no idle votarist] No insincere or inconstant supplicant.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
Uncouth praise it was, bald, insincere, boorish.
"The Lookout Man" by B. M. Bower
It is too frequently insincere, and the occasion was not one for pose.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
She had never known her son to be guilty of the least insincerity.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
It is better to be utterly beaten in the battle than to lead a peaceful but insincere life.
"Garman and Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
Fourthly, when it plays a part, and does or says anything insincerely and untruly.
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Well, we may give them this comfort without any insincerity.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
To sing before the high mark of feeling is reached is an insincerity.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
He was either a very thoughtless or a very insincere person, however.
"A Voyage of Consolation" by Sara Jeannette Duncan
There seemed to me a note of insincerity about the whole business.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences Vol 2 (of 2)" by James Marchant
This proved, to every mind, the insincerity of Charles.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
So she went on with these murmurs, which she felt the child might detect as insincere at any moment, until the green flag waved.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
There was nothing ruffianly or insincere.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
It must not be thought that Gertie was insincere: she was not; she was dramatic.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
He resented this comedy they were playing, the insincerity into which she was smilingly leading him.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
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In poetry:

But Balaam's wish was vain,
His heart was insincere;
He thirsted for unrighteous gain,
And sought a portion here.
"Balaam's Wish" by John Newton
The change to Reason's steady eye,
Would neither good nor wise appear;
And we may lay one precept by,
Our discontent is insincere.
"On The Regret Of Youth" by Matilda Betham
My friends, that each in kindness vie,
Might well expect one parting sigh;
Might well demand one tender tear;
For when was Damon insincere?
"Song V. - On every tree, in every plain" by William Shenstone
O may that Genius, which secures my rest,
Preserve this villa for a friend that's dear!
Ne'er may my vintage glad the sordid breast,
Ne'er tinge the lip that dares be insincere!
"Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in the Country" by William Shenstone
O Friendship! if my soul forego
Thy dear delights while here below,
To mortify and grieve me,
May I myself at last appear
Unworthy, base, and insincere,
Or may my friend deceive me!
"Friendship" by William Cowper
O lovely Maid! propitious hear,
Nor deem thy shepherd insincere;
Pity a wild illusive flame,
That varies objects still the same;
And let their very changes prove
The never-varied force of love.
"Song VII. - When bright Roxana treads the green" by William Shenstone

In news:

Rolling out the red-carpet for dictators can be very dangerous indeed, unless Obama is insincere about his call for democracy and freedom in the Middle East.
After failing to offer browser options to users, Microsoft insincerely apologizes to the EU.
Myanmar is called insincere on political prisoners.
Limbaugh's insincere apology makes situation worse for all, including Missouri.
The insincere push to crush Rush.
Martin Kippenberger was a champion of insincerity.
Webster's Dictionary defines malarky as insincere or foolish talk.
The term " schmoozing " sometimes takes on a negative connotation--it can feel somehow ingratiating, insincere, or pushy.
They say it betrays a kind of scripted quality, an insincerity, even phoniness.
A sneaky, untrustworthy or insincere person.
Insincere sustainability claims expose companies to charges of greenwashing.
Forgive Mississippi's veterans if they don't return the insincere salutes rendered this Veterans Day by senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran .
Mitt Romney on Sunday to accuse him of an insincere conversion to moderate, calling it a last-ditch attempt to fool voters after having tacked to the right for most of the campaign.
Forgive Mississippi's veterans if they don't return the insincere salutes rendered this Veterans Day by senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran.
The same insincere hug Mitt Romney and Barack Obama shared three times this month before and after each debate.
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In science:

One form of misuse is when a voter reports preferences that are insincere to his or her true preferences for his or her own benefit, or when a group of voters conspire to collectively affect the outcome of the election.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
Such elections are thus computationally vulnerable to insincere voting from a coalition of agents for their collective benefit, whether their goal is to elect a preferred candidate (constructive manipulation) or to prevent the election of a despised candidate (destructive manipulation).
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
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