No Matter How You Say It: Sincerity

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Word Origin

The word sincerity comes from the Latin word sincerus meaning “sound, pure, whole,” perhaps originally “of one growth” i.e. “not hybrid, unmixed”. Can you see where being sincere is being an unmixed whole – being same on the outside as you are on the inside?

Sign Language

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Can you see how being sincere or straightforward is a clear direction and being two-faced or hypocritical is hiding your true self?

Sincerity Idioms

Bare one’s heart (or soul) : If you bare you heart (or soul) to someone, you reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings to them.

Don’t beat/stop beating around the bush: This expression is used to tell someone to say what they have to say, clearly and directly, even if it is unpleasant.

Put/lay one’s cards on the table: If you put/lay your cards on the table you speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.

Clear the air: If you decide to clear the air, you try to remove the causes of fear, worry or suspicion by talking about the problem openly.

Come clean: To come clean about something means to tell the truth.

Not mince one’s words: Someone who does not mince their words expresses their opinions, ideas or thoughts very clearly, even if they offend others by doing so.

On the level: If you say that someone is on the level, you are referring to an honest and truthful person.

Pull no punches: If someone pulls no punches, they speak openly and honestly, holding nothing back.

Unvarnished truth: If you present someone with plain facts, without trying to embellish or soften the reality, you give them the unvarnished truth.

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In Other Languages

Spanish – sinceridad

French – la sincérité

German – Aufrichtigkeit

Italian – sincerità

Swedish – uppriktighet

Basque – zintzotasuna

Portugese – sinceridade