I feel like they can sometimes be interchanged:

John gave a very sincere statement

John gave a very honest statement

But sometimes they can not:

I would like to offer my sincere thanks

An honest man would not do such a thing

I feel like sincere has more of an emotional component to it?

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  • Sincerity implies self-awareness whereas honesty does not Jan 13, 2017 at 13:58
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  • What did the dictionary tell you?
    – Drew
    Jan 13, 2017 at 17:13

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I feel like sincerity is honesty coming from a more emotionally driven place. Some people are honest for the sake of being honest, whether by routine or just morals. But when you are sincere, then you are being honest in a very heartfelt way. Not sure if that adheres to the dictionary definition but that's just the general way I see it.

  • I agree with you Eddie, the degree of honesty in a statement can be determined by checking facts but the degree of sincerity cannot be independently verified, only experienced.
    – BoldBen
    Jan 13, 2017 at 19:16

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