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 Dictionary entry overview: What does insincere mean? 

INSINCERE (adjective)
  The adjective INSINCERE has 1 sense:

1. lacking sincerity

  Familiarity information: INSINCERE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INSINCERE (adjective)

Sense 1insincere [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking sincerity

Context examples:

a charming but thoroughly insincere woman / their praise was extravagant and insincere


dissembling; dissimulating; dissimulative (concealing under a false appearance with the intent to deceive)

plausible (given to or characterized by presenting specious arguments)

hypocritical (professing feelings or virtues one does not have)

gilded; meretricious; specious (based on pretense; deceptively pleasing)

feigned (not genuine)

bootlicking; fawning; obsequious; sycophantic; toadyish (attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery)

buttery; fulsome; oily; oleaginous; smarmy; soapy; unctuous (unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech)

false; hollow (deliberately deceptive)


false (not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality)

unreal (lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria)

artful; disingenuous (not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness)

dishonest; dishonorable (deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive)

counterfeit; imitative (not genuine; imitating something superior)


sincerity (the quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical)


sincere (open and genuine; not deceitful)

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