disingenuous


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dis·in·gen·u·ous

 (dĭs′ĭn-jĕn′yo͞o-əs)
adj.
1. Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating: "Increasingly, the question of immigration has become a disingenuous stalking-horse for race and racial hostility" (Tyler Stovall).
2. Pretending to be unaware or unsophisticated; faux-naïf.
3. Usage Problem Unaware or uninformed; naive.

dis′in·gen′u·ous·ly adv.
dis′in·gen′u·ous·ness n.
Usage Note: Disingenuous usually means "insincere" and often seems to be a synonym of cynical or calculating. Not surprisingly, the word is used often in political contexts, as in It is both insensitive and disingenuous for the White House to describe its aid package and the proposal to eliminate the federal payment as "tough love." This usage was accepted by 94 percent of the Usage Panel in our 1997 survey. Fully 88 percent accepted the extended meaning of "playfully insincere, faux-naïf," in "I don't have a clue about late Beethoven!" he said. The remark seemed disingenuous, coming from one of the world's foremost concert pianists. Sometimes disingenuous is used as a synonym for naive, as if the dis- prefix functioned as an intensive (as it does in certain words like disannul) rather than as a negator. This usage did not find much admiration among Panelists, however. Seventy-five percent rejected it in the phrase a disingenuous tourist who falls prey to stereotypical con artists.

disingenuous

(ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs)
adj
not sincere; lacking candour
ˌdisinˈgenuously adv
ˌdisinˈgenuousness n

dis•in•gen•u•ous

(ˌdɪs ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs)

adj.
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; insincere.
[1645–55]
dis`in•gen′u•ous•ly, adv.
dis`in•gen′u•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.disingenuous - not straightforward or candiddisingenuous - not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness; "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine; "a disingenuous excuse"
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"
artless, ingenuous - characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious; "an ingenuous admission of responsibility"

disingenuous

disingenuous

adjective
1. Not being what one purports to be:
Translations
insidema

disingenuous

[ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒenjʊəs] ADJfalso, poco sincero

disingenuous

[ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjuəs] adj [person] → peu sincère; [remark, claim] → peu sincère
it is disingenuous to do ... → ce n'est pas sincère de faire ...
it is disingenuous of sb to do ... → ce n'est pas sincère de la part de qn de faire ...

disingenuous

adjunaufrichtig

disingenuous

[ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs] adjinsincero/a
References in classic literature ?
I am well aware that it would be disingenuous to resolve indiscriminately the opposition of any set of men (merely because their situations might subject them to suspicion) into interested or ambitious views.
Mr Elliot is evidently a disingenuous, artificial, worldly man, who has never had any better principle to guide him than selfishness.
I had another work to keep from smiling: he was so ingenuously disingenuous.
Her remark was disingenuous, but this was only noticed by the doctor, who said in her ear, "You have been crying
But she accompanied the words with a sly glance of derision directed to me from the corner of her disingenuous eye.
Sir Tom said: "It is entirely disingenuous of our First Minister to say to us Scots, 'Don't worry, it'll be all right on the night.
you have to, effectively, end up coming up with disingenuous reasons why you need to change that role.
At best, his evidence on this matter was disingenuous.
But Mr Cable said: "It is disingenuous to use the current context to argue against reform.
Reacting to Kavanagh's comments yesterday, Sharon Byrne, IBA chairperson, said: "The attempts by HRI to distract attention from massive spending increases at the organisation are transparent, disingenuous and rely entirely on spin.
He's dissembling, he's being disingenuous," Admiral Boyce told a national newspaper.
It's disingenuous and gives an entirely false impression of what real beauty is putting huge pressure on ordinary women to conform to a look that is entirely unachievable Yet the Advertising Standards Authority also says in its ruling: 'most older women would understand that Twiggy''s youthful appearance was not solely achieved by using the Olay product'.