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Sincerest Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sincere \Sin*cere"\, a. [Compar. Sincerer; superl. Sincerest.] [L. sincerus, of uncertain origin; the first part perhaps akin to sin- in singuli (see Single), and the second to cernere to separate (cf. Discern): cf. F. sinc[`e]re.]
  1. Pure; unmixed; unadulterated. There is no sincere acid in any animal juice. --Arbuthnot. A joy which never was sincere till now. --Dryden.
  2. Whole; perfect; unhurt; uninjured. [Obs.] The inviolable body stood sincere. --Dryden.
  3. Being in reality what it appears to be; having a character which corresponds with the appearance; not falsely assumed; genuine; true; real; as, a sincere desire for knowledge; a sincere contempt for meanness. A sincere intention of pleasing God in all our actions. --Law.
  4. Honest; free from hypocrisy or dissimulation; as, a sincere friend; a sincere person. The more sincere you are, the better it will fare with you at the great day of account. --Waterland. Syn: Honest; unfeigned; unvarnished; real; true; unaffected; inartificial; frank; upright. See Hearty.
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    * Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. - Charles Caleb Colton

    * We look before and after, And pine for what is not Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

    * Imitation is the sincerest form of television. - Fred Allen

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