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Disingenuity

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disingenuity Disingenuousness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disingenuity Disingenuousness; unfairness; want of candor.
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Usage

In literature:

Pope disingenuously repudiated any knowledge of the contents.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
It is very easy to make a child disingenuous; if he be at all timid, the work is already half done to one's hand.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
To accuse Jack was to confess his own disingenuousness.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
Nor is there anything disingenuous about this focusing of the attention: a real belief is there.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
He watched the disingenuous game with disgust.
"John Quincy Adams" by John. T. Morse
This is disingenuous, and Mr. Ewer knows it is.
"The World in Chains" by John Mavrogordato
The disingenuousness of this remark is patent to her.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
ARE WOMEN DISINGENUOUS IN SENTIMENTAL AFFAIRS?
"Possessed" by Cleveland Moffett
I accuse him of disingenuousness that borders on fraud.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
A glance at the new scheme shows that the proposal is at once disingenuous and fantastic.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
It affords an exhibition of gross disingenuousness on the part of the Boer commissioners.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
There is another, and a special, explanation to be given of the disingenuousness that appears in his writings.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
He was tortured by the disingenuousness of his own mind.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
He hated fuss; and his other sisters were tiresomely fussy and maddeningly disingenuous.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
The sensitiveness of his nervous system found a quick outlet, when he was nervous or excited, by a disingenuous smile.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
To be sure, Gage was a trifle disingenuous in reviewing the past.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
Grosnoff after our brief but disingenuous explanation, threw off the bed covers in a business-like way, then straightened up grimly.
"Disowned" by Victor Endersby
Can't you see how you are wasting a part of your mental energy, so to speak, on this slight disingenuousness?
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
This would be disingenuous.
"The Baptist Magazine, Vol. 27, January, 1835" by Various
If so, there has been a foul piece of disingenuousness on the part of the writer.
"The Ethnology of the British Islands" by Robert Gordon Latham
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In news:

One such secret being that some guys can tell what a woman is thirsty for and proceed to quench that thirst disingenuously.
If they handed out prizes for the most disingenuous column of the year, this offering by the administration's ambassador to the noxious UN Human Rights Council would win hands down.
Remember back in the day when Mitt Romney told Univisión that talking about his father, George, and suggesting that his birth in Mexico somehow gave him some sort of link to Latinos would be "disingenuous".
The club's explanation for why it bans fans from protesting with bags on their faces is disingenuous.
Why are men on singles websites are disingenuous.
But many of the complaints about earmarks are disingenuous, and some are overblown.
Disingenuous, because politicians who complain are usually seeking earmarks of their own.
This simple truism makes the Indiana Democratic Party's claims that GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is an uncompromising extremist both misleading and disingenuous.
He has said he just "misspoke," but that is disingenuous, as is, frankly, much of the criticism from within his party.
Each side says the other is making disingenuous statements about pilot sick time and maintenance issues.
Obama's State of the Union endorsement of an 'all of the above' strategy for energy production rankled Republicans, who see it as disingenuous given his Keystone XL pipeline rejection and fracking probes.
Lawmaker calls administration's proposals 'disingenuous'.
While it's somewhat disingenuous to suggest other members have escaped media scrutiny, Bonds has a point about her colleagues.
For the most part, mainstream media's coverage of the Occupy movement has been false, disingenuous, misleading or they just didn't get it right.
Your Chick-fil-A coverage was disingenuous.
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In science:

Doing so will also dispel a persistent but gravely disingenuous charge that my model encounters “certain technical complications” .
Whither All the Scope and Generality of Bell's Theorem?
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