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sin•cer•i•ty(sɪnˈsɛr ɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties.
(See also CANDIDNESS.)
in one’s heart of heart In the deepest, innermost recesses of one’s heart; in one’s most private and pure thoughts or feelings. The first heart in this expression means ‘core’ and the second heart means ‘seat of feeling, understanding, and thought.’ Although the corrupted heart of hearts is frequently heard, the original expression as it appeared in Hamlet is heart of heart.
Give me that man
That is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him
In my heart’s core—aye, in my heart of heart,
As I do thee. (III, ii)
Today this expression is used to assure the veracity or sincerity of any statement of belief.
In his heart of heart Froude would have admitted that. (Quarterly Review, October, 1895)
|Noun||1.||sincerity - an earnest and sincere feeling|
|2.||sincerity - the quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical; "his sincerity inspired belief"; "they demanded some proof of my sincerity"|
singleness, straightforwardness - without hypocrisy; "the singleness of his motives could not be questioned"
truthfulness - the quality of being truthful
|3.||sincerity - a quality of naturalness and simplicity; "the simple sincerity of folk songs"|
naturalness - the quality of being natural or based on natural principles; "he accepted the naturalness of death"; "the spontaneous naturalness of his manner"
|4.||sincerity - the trait of being serious; "a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"- Robert Rice|
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
commitment, committedness - the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose; "a man of energy and commitment"
graveness, gravity, soberness, sobriety, somberness, sombreness - a manner that is serious and solemn