Sincerity is a mix of seriousness and honesty. If you do things with sincerity, people will trust you.

Along with patience and compassion, sincerity is one of those qualities we all probably wish we had more of — and wish other people had more of, too. People who show sincerity are being serious, kind, and truthful. Politicians who show sincerity tend to do well because people believe them. An apology full of sincerity will probably be accepted. On the other hand, if you show no sincerity — by being sarcastic or dismissive — well, who wants an apology like that?

Definitions of sincerity

n the quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical

“his sincerity inspired belief”
“they demanded some proof of my sincerity
falseness, hollowness, insincerity
the quality of not being open or truthful; deceitful or hypocritical
heartiness, wholeheartedness
the quality of hearty sincerity
singleness, straightforwardness
without hypocrisy
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the quality of being truthful

n a quality of naturalness and simplicity

“the simple sincerity of folk songs”
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the quality of being natural or based on natural principles

n the trait of being serious

earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness
frivolity, frivolousness
the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
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commitment, committedness
the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose
graveness, gravity, soberness, sobriety, somberness, sombreness
a manner that is serious and solemn
sedateness, solemness, solemnity, staidness
a trait of dignified seriousness
the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result
stodginess, stuffiness
dull and pompous gravity
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a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

n an earnest and sincere feeling

earnestness, seriousness
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gravity, solemnity
a solemn and dignified feeling

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