Definition of disingenuous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs/


Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does: this journalist was being somewhat disingenuous as well as cynical
More example sentences
  • Pete's selection for the show is nothing but cheap entertainment, and it is disingenuous to pretend otherwise.
  • It is disingenuous to pretend that any other analysis is tenable.
  • Yet it is disingenuous to pretend that there is not a question of individual liberty at stake here.
dishonest, deceitful, underhand, underhanded, duplicitous, double-dealing, two-faced, dissembling, insincere, false, lying, untruthful, mendacious;
not candid, not frank, not entirely truthful;
artful, cunning, crafty, wily, sly, sneaky, tricky, scheming, calculating, designing, devious, unscrupulous
informal shifty, foxy
humorous economical with the truth, terminologically inexact
archaic subtle, hollow-hearted
rare false-hearted, double-faced, truthless, unveracious



Example sentences
  • But it's awash with half-truths and disingenuity.
  • And I think there's a disingenuity in sending it out.
  • There's another factor at work here, a kind of commercial disingenuity that aims to befuddle the listener on his own ground.


Pronunciation: /dɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəsli/
Example sentences
  • She disingenuously refers to them as ex-felons, which is incorrect since the law holds that once someone is a felon, he remains one.
  • ‘Well I can clear that one up for you - no, he definitely isn't,’ I replied disingenuously, but she didn't seem convinced.
  • There are places in this country whose media outlets are disingenuously labeled with different names but owned by one corporation thousands of miles away.


Pronunciation: /ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • This sort of talk immediately opens itself up to the accusation of disingenuousness and hypocrisy.
  • The play's title is too literal a description of its subject matter, and that lack of theatrical imagination shows up in the general emotional disingenuousness of the piece.
  • In that sense, the administration's appeals to free expression and dialogue were the purest disingenuousness.
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