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Definition of INSINCERE

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Insincere \In`sin*cere"\, a. [L. insincerus. See {In-} not, and {Sincere}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

     2. Disappointing; imperfect; unsound. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]

              To render sleep's soft blessings insincere. --Pope.

     Syn: Dissembling; hollow; hypocritical; deceptive deceitful; false; disingenuous; untrustworthy. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

118 Moby Thesaurus words for "insincere": Machiavellian, Tartuffian, Tartuffish, adulatory, affected, ambidextrous, apparently sound, artful, artificial, bland, blandishing, blarneying, buttery, cajoling, calculating, canting, casuistic, colorable, complimentary, courtierly, courtly, crafty, crooked, cunning, deceitful, deceptive, dishonest, disingenuous, dissembling, double, double-dealing, duplicitous, empty, evasive, fair-spoken, faithless, fallacious, false, falsehearted, fawning, fine-spoken, flattering, forsworn, foxy, fulsome, goody, goody-goody, gushing, histrionic, holier-than-thou, hollow, honey-mouthed, honey-tongued, honeyed, hypocritical, illusive, insinuating, jesuitic, la-di-da, lying, maniere, mannered, mealymouthed, mendacious, obsequious, oily, oily-tongued, overacted, overdone, overrefined, oversubtle, perfidious, perjured, pharisaic, philosophistic, pietistic, pious, plausible, pretentious, sanctified, sanctimonious, scheming, self-righteous, shifty, slick, slimy, slippery, slobbery, sly, smarmy, smooth, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued, sniveling, soapy, soft-soaping, sophistic, sophistical, specious, stagy, sycophantic, theatrical, tongue in cheek, treacherous, tricky, two-faced, uncandid, unctuous, underhanded, unfrank, ungenuine, unnatural, unserious, unsincere, untruthful, vulpine, wheedling, wily


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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