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What is the difference in meaning between genuinely and sincerely? For example:

  1. I genuinely look forward to our meetings
  2. I sincerely look forward to our meetings

Is there any difference? Are these two words synonyms?

I suspect that these two words are synonyms! I checked this link: and it doesn't show sincerely in the list.

  • They're as close to identical as a synonym can be, at least in this context. Honestly! Sincerely! – DrMoishe Pippik Jul 31 '18 at 0:39
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Yes, "genuinely" and "sincerely" are synonyms, especially in this context.

"Genuinely" has slightly more emphasis on truth (as opposed to fakeness).

"Sincerely" has slightly more emphasis on a person's feelings.


Here is a context where this difference in meaning shows up more clearly:

It's the genuine article.

means "It's the real thing", or "It is exactly what you would expect such a thing to be." "Sincere" does not fit in this sentence.

  • This is a convincing answer and "genuinely" this is what I was looking for! thank you for your contribution on this! Sincerely! – goro Aug 2 '18 at 11:07

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