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.
The infection spread; soon there was a party or clique in Grimworth on the side of "buying at Freely's"; and many husbands, kept for some time in the dark on this point, innocently swallowed at two mouthfuls a tart on which they were paying a profit of a hundred per cent., and as innocently encouraged a fatal disingenuousness in the partners of their bosoms by praising the pastry.
As for disingenuousness, there's more to come in the campaign that may make it seem less disingenuous.
In his, unique case, it can be used without hyperbole and disingenuousness.
One of my bugbears is disingenuousness in advertising, whether that's through unlabelled advertorial masquerading as objective journalism, paid influencers pretending they have independently discovered a product they are being paid to promote, or any other marketing attempts to hoodwink the public.
But the unanimous vote in the State Senate hid a disturbing disingenuousness. All 24 Republicans, now in the minority, voted for the measure, after their majority caucus blocked its passage for years and denied relief to victims so badly in need of it.
The disingenuousness of Emanuel and politicians in general is just more of the same.
NBC's righteous response to Kelly's remarks rings of disingenuousness, seeing as the brass knew of Kelly's past before they hired her.