Definition of Disingenuous

1. Adjective. Not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness. "A disingenuous excuse"

Exact synonyms: Artful
Similar to: Distorted, Misrepresented, Perverted, Twisted
Also: Insincere
Derivative terms: Artfulness, Disingenuousness
Antonyms: Ingenuous



Definition of Disingenuous

1. a. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes.

Definition of Disingenuous

1. Adjective. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; fake or deceptive. ¹

2. Adjective. Not ingenuous; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful. ¹

3. Adjective. Assuming a pose of naivete to make a point or for deception. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Disingenuous

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Disingenuous

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disingenuous (current term)
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Literary usage of Disingenuous

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1. The Works of Hannah More: With a Sketch of Her Life by Hannah More (1827)
"... idleness and his evenings at cards, the only thing in which she takes a lively interest.—His fine mind is, I fear, growing mean and disingenuous ..."

2. The History of New Jersey: From Its Discovery by Europeans, to the Adoption by Thomas Francis Gordon (1834)
"... grievous Charge against the Members of Assembly, in a Petition to the King—the House transmits a counter Petition—disingenuous conduct of the House. ..."

3. The Book of the Church by Robert Southey (1825)
"... and it would be disingenuous and ungrateful to be personally instrumental in taking away the life of his benefactor. The task of providing the evidence ..."

4. A History of Crime in England: Illustrating the Changes of the Laws in the by Luke Owen Pike (1876)
"Statements made under torture are never very trustworthy, and it is unsafe alike to accept them as true or to disingenuous reject them as false. ..."

5. The West India Colonies: The Calumnies and Misrepresentations Circulated by James MacQueen (1824)
"disingenuous proceedings of the anti-Colonists.—Buxton's motion.— The time they appoint for complete emancipation. THE champions and scribes of the African ..."

6. A Series of Letters from London Written During the Years 1856, '57, '58, '59 by George Mifflin Dallas, Julia Dallas (1869)
"by whatever looks double and disingenuous. Lord Napier labors very hard, and probably controls his real nature, in his explanatory and ..."

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