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. 2000.


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