disingenuous


Also found in: Thesaurus.

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.

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.
I had another work to keep from smiling: he was so ingenuously disingenuous. There was less to smile at in his really nervous anxiety to get me away.
'Oh, I beg your pardon!' pleaded she; 'I may be mistaken - perhaps I was mistaken.' But she accompanied the words with a sly glance of derision directed to me from the corner of her disingenuous eye.
Mr Elliot is evidently a disingenuous, artificial, worldly man, who has never had any better principle to guide him than selfishness."
Her remark was disingenuous, but this was only noticed by the doctor, who said in her ear, "You have been crying!"
Ken Clarke got an element of revenge on Boris Johnson for ousting him, as he described the prime minister as "disingenuous" in a Commons speech.
He described the news item as disingenuous and malicious, reaffirming his position not to sit on the fence as far as good governance is concerned.
Dr Mike O'Connor said: "It's bordering on disingenuous and insulting to the staff to suggest significant tranches of the HSE roster themselves for extended holiday periods over Christmas."
Call me disingenuous if you like but I regard myself as enough of a patriot to know that my duty lies in doing whatever I can to save my country from the bunch of chancers, Boris Johnson MP "primus inter pares", who got us into this mess.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Sunday said US President Donald Trump is "disingenuous" in his efforts to help the African-American community, and accused the president of wanting to start a race war.
ANGLESEY'S economic chief has hit out at "disingenuous" claims made by the National Grid as it plans to construct a new row of overhead pylons on the island.
This week's INTO THE FRAY feature shows why the attempt to T justify the 2015 deal with Iran, as being the only viable alternative to allowing it to develop nuclear weapons, is both infuriating and disingenuous.