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disingenuous

  • 1 disingenuous — meaning ‘insincere, having secret motives’, is the opposite of ingenuous meaning ‘innocent, honest’, and is applied to people and their actions: • The somewhat disingenuous slogan of ‘ban the bomb’ Harold Macmillan, 1971 • I should be… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 Disingenuous — Dis in*gen u*ous, a. 1. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes. [1913 Webster] 2. Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 disingenuous — I adjective artful, artificial, conscienceless, counterfeit, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, delusive, delusory, designing, devious, dishonest, dodging, evasive, false, false hearted, feigned, fraudulent, hypocritical, insidious …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 disingenuous — lacking in candor, 1650s, from DIS (Cf. dis ) opposite of + INGENUOUS (Cf. ingenuous). Related: Disingenuously; disingenuousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 disingenuous — [adj] insincere artful, crooked, cunning, deceitful, designing, dishonest, duplicitous, false, feigned, foxy, guileful, indirect, insidious, mendacious, oblique, shifty*, sly, tricky, two faced*, uncandid, underhanded, unfair, unfrank, wily;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 disingenuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not candid or sincere, especially in feigning ignorance. DERIVATIVES disingenuously adverb disingenuousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 disingenuous — [dis΄in jen′yo͞o əs] adj. 1. not straightforward; not candid or frank; insincere 2. slyly deceptive or misleading, typically by means of a pretense of ignorance or unawareness disingenuously adv. disingenuousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 disingenuous — [[t]dɪ̱sɪnʤe̱njuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf Someone who is disingenuous is slightly dishonest and insincere in what they say. [FORMAL] It is certainly an interesting colour, but it would be disingenuous to claim that this is a… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 disingenuous — disingenuously, adv. disingenuousness, n. /dis in jen yooh euhs/, adj. lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere: Her excuse was rather disingenuous. [1645 55; DIS 1 + INGENUOUS] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 10 disingenuous — adjective /ˌdɪs.ɪn.ˈdʒɛn.ju.əs/ a) Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; fake or deceptive. I am not so vain as to think these Remarks free from faults, nor so disingenuous as not to confess them: b) Not ingenuous; not… …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 disingenuous — dis|in|gen|u|ous [ˌdısınˈdʒenjuəs] adj formal not sincere and slightly dishonest ≠ ↑ingenuous ▪ Keeping the details of the tax changes vague is disingenuous. >disingenuously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 disingenuous — adjective not sincere and slightly dishonest: McEwan s claims about the incident strike me as disingenuous. disingenuously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 disingenuous — adjective that innocent, teary eyed look is just part of a disingenuous act Syn: insincere, dishonest, untruthful, false, deceitful, duplicitous, lying, mendacious; hypocritical …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 disingenuous — /ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjuəs/ (say .disin jenyoohuhs) adjective not ingenuous; lacking in frankness, candour, or sincerity; insincere: * As if I ever thought of it! mocked Rose, which was disingenuous of her. –ada cambridge, 1904. –disingenuously, adverb… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 disingenuous — adjective Date: 1655 lacking in candor; also giving a false appearance of simple frankness ; calculating • disingenuously adverb • disingenuousness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 disingenuous — Synonyms and related words: apparently sound, artful, calculating, casuistic, clever, colorable, contriving, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceptive, designing, devious, dishonest, double dealing, duplicitous, empty, fallacious, FALSE, falsehearted …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 disingenuous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. insincere, uncandid, deceitful, calcuLating; see dishonest 1 , hypocritical , sly 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. insincere, deceitful, lying, artful, false, uncandid, dishonest, crooked, underhanded, two faced.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 disingenuous — dis|in|gen|u|ous [ ,dısın dʒenjuəs ] adjective FORMAL not really honest or sincere, and only pretending to be ╾ dis|in|gen|u|ous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 disingenuous — dis·in·gen·u·ous || ‚dɪsɪn dÊ’enjÊŠÉ™s adj. insincere, not truthful, false, hypocritical …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 disingenuous — [ˌdɪsɪn dʒɛnjʊəs] adjective not sincere, especially in pretending that one knows less about something than one really does. Derivatives disingenuity noun disingenuously adverb disingenuousness noun …

    English new terms dictionary