Faux naif - definition of faux naif by The Free Dictionary
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faux-na·ïf also faux-naif (fō-nä-ēf′)
Marked by a false show of innocent simplicity: "Their gee-whiz, faux-naif comportment is not always convincing" (Madison Smartt Bell).
[French : faux, false + naïf, naive.]
appearing or seeking to appear simple and unsophisticated: a faux-naïf narration.
a person who pretends to be naïve
[French: false naïve]
A French word meaning false naïve, used to describe someone or something with a false appearance of unsophistication.
References in periodicals archive
Although pic was assembled well before "Fahrenheit 9/11" first screened, Cross's editorial voice is reminiscent of a low-cal version of Michael Moore's faux naif
He writes hilarious faux naif
letters to Francis in phonetic English, yet speaks of reading The Maids by "Gene Jeannette" in prison.
Yet there is a faux naif
pose, a lifelong defence against the perplexing realities of the outside world.
Foden has caught beautifully Amin's faux naif
diction, the ponderous philosophising, the combination of inanity and knowingness.