Sincere vs. Truthful - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Sincere

    Sincerity is the virtue of one who communicates and acts in accordance with their feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and desires.

Wiktionary

  • Sincere (adjective)

    Genuine; meaning what one says or does; heartfelt.

    "I believe he is sincere in his offer to help."

  • Sincere (adjective)

    Meant truly or earnestly.

    "She gave it a sincere, if misguided effort."

  • Sincere (adjective)

    clean; pure

  • Truthful (adjective)

    Honest, and always telling the truth.

  • Truthful (adjective)

    Accurately depicting what is real.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Truthful (adjective)

    telling or expressing the truth; honest

    "I think you're confusing being rude with being truthful"

    "I want a truthful answer"

  • Truthful (adjective)

    (of artistic or literary representation) characterized by accuracy or realism; true to life

    "astonishingly truthful acting"

Webster Dictionary

  • Sincere (adjective)

    Pure; unmixed; unadulterated.

  • Sincere (adjective)

    Whole; perfect; unhurt; uninjured.

  • Sincere (adjective)

    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.

  • Sincere (adjective)

    Honest; free from hypocrisy or dissimulation; as, a sincere friend; a sincere person.

  • Truthful (adjective)

    Full of truth; veracious; reliable.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Sincere (adjective)

    open and genuine; not deceitful;

    "he was a good man, decent and sincere"

    "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"

    "sincere friendship"

  • Sincere (adjective)

    characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions;

    "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"

    "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"

    "a film with a solemn social message"

  • Truthful (adjective)

    expressing or given to expressing the truth;

    "a true statement"

    "gave truthful testimony"

    "a truthful person"

  • Truthful (adjective)

    conforming to truth;

    "I wouldn't have told you this if it weren't so"

    "a truthful statement"

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