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)
  • Be a beacon of integrity
  • Be above suspicion
  • Be aboveboard
  • Be as pure as the driven snow
  • Be genuine
  • Be honest to a fault
  • Be like a breath of fresh air
  • Be like a crystal clear stream
  • Be like a dove
  • Be like a handshake
  • Be like a mirror reflecting the truth
  • Be like a ray of sunshine
  • Be like an open book
  • Be sincere
  • Be straightforward
  • Be transparent
  • Be true blue
  • Clear the air
  • Come clean
  • Don’t beat/stop beating around the bush
  • Have a genuine smile
  • Have a heart of gold
  • Have a ring of truth
  • Have a sincere heart
  • Have an open and honest face
  • Have nothing to hide
  • Keep your word
  • Mean what you say
  • Not mince one’s words
  • On the level
  • Practice what you preach
  • Pull no punches
  • Put your money where your mouth is
  • Put/lay one’s cards on the table
  • Speak from the heart
  • Tell it like it is
  • Unvarnished truth
  • Wear your heart on your sleeve

                                                In Other Languages

                                                Spanish – sinceridad

                                                French – la sincérité

                                                German – Aufrichtigkeit

                                                Italian – sincerità

                                                Swedish – uppriktighet

                                                Basque – zintzotasuna

                                                Portugese – sinceridade


                                                For other character qualities related to Sincerity,
                                                visit the Related Qualities page.