disingenuousness


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Related to disingenuousness: capriciousness

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.
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

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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.
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.
A lot of brands try really hard to stand out, but more than ever, we believe people can sniff out disingenuousness, and they can tell if a brand is saying something just to say something," said David Lee, CCO of Squarespace.
The best way to tackle the smoking epidemic and achieve a smoke-free world is by implementing policies set out in the WHO-FCTC not by engaging with an industry whose disingenuousness shows it cannot be trusted with people's health.
At the same time, her appeal to addressing the problems many children faced in the United States reeks of a disingenuousness made visible by her history of siding with and supporting policies that were injurious to children.
Only political diffidence or disingenuousness kept the characterization from being universally accepted.
Other than her disingenuousness on budgetary items and convoluted logic equating "free" to "taxes," she has a valid contention: She doesn't want her taxes funding wars.
After his description of several failed peace initiatives, Alpher argues that renewed attempts to achieve full-fledged final status peace agreements are merely symbolic dances that only show the ignorance or disingenuousness of the initiators, with the actors directly involved not serious about making peace and in some ways preferring the status-quo.
A small number of word worms such as ANY, ROIL and DISINGENUOUSNESS form closed loops, returning to their starting points.
He claims that there is "a large dose of disingenuousness in the EU approach" to the region (p.