disingenuously


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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 means "not ingenuous," that is, not innocent, naive, or guileless. As such it can refer to someone who is insincere or calculating, 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," or to someone who is pretending to be unsophisticated, as 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. Both of these examples were accepted by 90 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2016 survey. As with many words containing prefixes that negate (dis-) or seem to negate (in-), speakers sometimes lose track of exactly what is being negated, and sometimes use disingenuous when ingenuous would be more appropriate, namely as a synonym for naive. This usage is considered an error by careful writers: in our 2016 survey, 87 percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of the phrase the disingenuous tourist who falls prey to stereotypical con artists.
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Adv.1.disingenuously - in a disingenuous mannerdisingenuously - in a disingenuous manner; "disingenuously, he asked leading questions abut his opponent's work"
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disingenuously

[ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjuəsli] adv [say, claim, remark] → de manière peu sincère

disingenuously

advunaufrichtig, unehrlich; say, remarkunaufrichtigerweise; the finance ministry claims disingenuously that it did not know this was going ondas Finanzministerium behauptet wider besseren Wissens, dass es über die Vorgänge nicht informiert gewesen sei
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Raffles let him go in several times a day, for the malicious pleasure of bowling him out as he was "getting set"; those were his words when I taxed him disingenuously with obnoxious conduct towards a German on a German boat.
It is quite obvious to BLC that HomeStreet has disingenuously claimed the Notice is incomplete, misread its own Bylaws and is applying a double standard.
Lower Dir is among those areas where the pretext of tradition has repeatedly, and disingenuously, been used to disenfranchise women.
Christofias, disingenuously, claimed joining PfP would undermine efforts to solve the Cyprus problem and demilitarise the island.
But if the organizers disingenuously hid their intent in their permit application, it was plain as day in the pamphlets they sold for P30 apiece and in speeches in which they extolled the virtues of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
At the time, the Dyke March's officials claimed they were merely being "anti-Zionist" in expunging those brandishing Jewish stars, disingenuously conflating the ancient Jewish symbol with the modern Jewish state.
They could either talk grandly, disingenuously and unconvincingly about liberal European values, playing into Le Pen's hands, or descend to her level with exactly the same results.
Furthermore, we physicians are being forced to adapt to mandates in the disingenuously entitled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at great expense, particularly utilization of electronic health records before the technology is interoperable and easy to use.
The Israeli occupation has habitually terrorized Palestinian civilians, stolen their land and resources and demolished their homes; yet Netanyahu disingenuously claims self-defense while labeling any form of Palestinian reaction as "terrorism.
Depomed said it believes that Horizon disingenuously mischaracterises the value of its offer: Based on the value of Horizon's shares on the last trading day prior to the commencement of its exchange offer on 8 September, its fixed exchange ratio offer had a value of USD 27.
True to form, Netanyahu blames the victim and disingenuously claims to support unconditional negotiations, while simultaneously conditioning peace on the recognition of the "Jewishness of the state" and the demilitarization of Palestine; abiding by international law and honoring signed agreements are seen as pre-conditions.
Clr Hall's interruption to the process, when he disingenuously asked people "to stop whistling, clapping and cheering as it could give people with hearing aids using the loop system a near heart attack" once again induced slack-jawed disbelief in my son.