Usage examples for insincerity

  1. But he soon experienced the insincerity of those princes, and was not able to make any impression on that kingdom, while governed by a monarch of so much vigour and activity as Philip. – The History of England, Volume I by David Hume
  2. Detection in the act would involve explanations hard to invent; it would not do to say he was looking for his knife; and he could not think of any excuse altogether free from a flavour of insincerity. – The Flirt by Booth Tarkington
  3. If it has been done in self- seeking, as, exceptis excipiendis, by Leonardo, Titian, Michael Angelo, and Raffaelle, it will in due course lose hold and power in proportion to the insincerity with which it was tainted. – Ex Voto by Samuel Butler
  4. Such an attitude, which is, he thinks, that of most professing believers, makes for insincerity, and for an indifference to all honest thought and speculation. – Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by H. N. Brailsford
  5. Sincerity is as noble a virtue, and insincerity is as detestable a vice, in a doctor, or a lawyer, or a schoolmaster, or a merchant,- almost, if not altogether, as much so as in a minister. – Bunyan Characters First Series by Alexander Whyte
  6. This speech put Lottie at ease at once, and she turned to him in apparent frankness, but with something of her old insincerity, and said, " I confess that I was." – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  7. All, therefore, that has been said about the sincerity and insincerity of ministers is to be said equally of their people also in all their special and peculiar walks of life. – Bunyan Characters First Series by Alexander Whyte
  8. No compliment that bears insincerity on the face of it is a compliment at all. – Routledge's Manual of Etiquette by George Routledge
  9. But Antrim, pale, knowing that if he betrayed the slightest sign of insincerity his men would suspect, met their looks steadily. – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  10. As far as honesty goes, signature perhaps offers as many inducements to one kind of insincerity, as anonymity offers to another kind. – Studies in Literature by John Morley
  11. Genius, ambition, firmness, courage, all these she had, but insincerity and suspicion warped a noble nature. – Calvert of Strathore by Carter Goodloe
  12. Books where there is any sense of pose, of affectation, of insincerity, do not ever really please or satisfy; of course there are books which are entirely sincere which are yet so unsympathetic that one cannot get near them. – The Upton Letters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  13. Is this the attitude of insincerity?" – The Blue Pavilions by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  14. Little by little he had stolen from the flower of her life its honey of sweet content,- he had checked the active impulses of her ambition, and as they soared upwards like bright birds to the sun, had brought them down, to the ground, slain with a mere word of light mockery,- he had led her to judge all things of no value save himself,- and when he had attained to this end he had destroyed her last dream of happiness by voluntarily proving his own insincerity and worthlessness. – Innocent Her Fancy and His Fact by Marie Corelli
  15. And yet, even as I said it, I was conscious of a peculiar feeling of insincerity. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  16. No doubt an editor will sometimes ask a leader- writer not to put a particular view so strongly as he, the leader- writer, is known to feel it, but such reticence cannot surely be regarded as insincerity on the ethics of anonymity in journalism. – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  17. But in a note of delicious insincerity she only said aloud, " Not all, Jenny; surely not all." – Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon 1893 by Hall Caine