disingenuousness


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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 the sentences above were accepted by large majorities of the Usage Panel. 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 1997 survey, seventy-five percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of the phrase a disingenuous tourist who falls prey to stereotypical con artists.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disingenuousness - the quality of being disingenuous and lacking candor
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
deceitfulness, guile, craftiness - the quality of being crafty
artfulness - the quality of being adroit in taking unfair advantage
ingenuousness - openly straightforward or frank

disingenuousness

noun
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disingenuousness

[ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒenjʊəsnɪs] Nfalsedad f, falta f de sinceridad

disingenuousness

References in classic literature ?
Kearney," she said dryly, "one would think that some silly, conceited girl"--she was quite earnest in her epithets, for a sudden, angry conviction of some coquetry and disingenuousness in Jessie had come to her in contemplating its effects upon the young fellow at her side--"some country jilt, had been trying her rustic hand upon you.
Disingenuousness and double dealing seemed to meet him at every turn.
and as innocently encouraged a fatal disingenuousness in the partners of their bosoms by praising the pastry.
Yet his style, for the most part devoid alike of artifice and art, almost baldly simple and direct, seems hardly compatible with the disingenuousness of a merely literary intention; one would call it the manner of one more concerned for the fruits of research than for the flowers of expression.
Princeton Lyman's response to a question by the respected Arabic news outlet Asharq Al-Awsat concerning Sudan and the "Arab Spring," December 3, 2011) It is the height of disingenuousness and expediency for your envoy to have suggested that the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party is in any way prepared to "carry out reform via constitutional democratic measure.
Although the masterly drawing of the figure in Sleuth looks faux-primitive, this is not the existential loneliness of expressionism, nor the naivete of, say, Francesco Clemente, for Heng's paintings are far less elliptical in their address and, unlike Clemente's, are without disingenuousness.
On the talk shows in interviews with Ruff and Kendall, both Tim Russert and George Will, though obviously disagreeing with their subjects' transparent disingenuousness, gave the President's lawyers a respectful hearing instead of laughing in their faces when they continued to insist that the President had not committed perjury.
the EU, the African Union and others signals both expediency and disingenuousness.
What many take to be marginalia - makeup and costumes - points to the only interesting things about Barney: his nervous disingenuousness, his evasion techniques.
There was a continuous and debilitating changing of the terms of negotiations; the continual switching, shuffling, and disingenuousness on the part of the regime was clearly designed to forestall completion of the SOFA for as long as possible.
On countless occasions public statements by officials from both the AU and UN have been marked by either disingenuousness or outright mendacity, particularly concerning levels of violence, displacement, and humanitarian conditions and access.
But judging by the expediency and disingenuousness of what is said, and by the failure to act on what we know, such knowledge continues to be insufficient to produce appropriate policy responses.