A theory regarding the history of the word 'Sincere' derives the modern from the Latin 'Sine' ('Without')and 'Cera' ('Wax'), and is attributed to ancient Rome, where sculptors would hide imperfections in their marble with wax later covered with chalk. A 'sine cera' sculpture, or one without wax, was one presumably without flaws, presented honestly, hiding nothing.

Though largely disregarded as 'folk etymology', it is a romantic notion of the history of the word and the sentiment of a truly honest presentation of art.

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