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disingenuous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj disingenuous 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disingenuous Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful. "So disingenuous as not to confess them [faults]."
    • Disingenuous Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disingenuous Not ingenuous; not open, frank, or candid; uncandid; insincere: as, a disingenuous person; a disingenuous answer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Disingenuous dis-in-jen′ū-us not ingenuous: not frank or open: crafty
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Usage

In literature:

A certain disingenuous casualness appears on those hardened brows; but beneath burn stubborn fires.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
However, my generosity was not wholly disingenuous.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
No doubt the outcry against sacerdotalism was often perverted to disingenuous uses.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The poor beggar is desperately keen, and if I stood now he would think me disingenuous.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
There you sit, doing penance for the disingenuousness of years.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Now of course we are grown up to self-respect, and must needs be a little disingenuous about it.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
She was never a disingenuous woman.
"The Chief Legatee" by Anna Katharine Green
He had long before learned to play up, solemnly, to those unprefaced and disingenuous leads.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
He surely is universal, a representative of one type of disingenuous countryman.
"Irish Plays and Playwrights" by Cornelius Weygandt
Most writers on success are, through sheer goodness of heart, wickedly disingenuous.
"Mental Efficiency" by Arnold Bennett
Do not let these disingenuous protests hold us back.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
As a lad he lacked frankness, and in later life was disingenuous and intriguing.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Disingenuousness and double dealing seemed to meet him at every turn.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
As it was the intention of the heir to set aside that will, such assurance was, to say the least of it, disingenuous.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
It would be disingenuous to deny that Elgin calculated on the pacific influence which his support of the bill would exert in Lower Canada.
"British Supremacy & Canadian Self-Government" by J. L. Morison
The reasons given for this double ultimatum are as disingenuous as the whole course of German diplomacy in this matter.
"The Evidence in the Case" by James M. Beck
Gen. McCulloch's dispatches to the Confederate War Department are, to say the least, disingenuous.
"The Struggle for Missouri" by John McElroy
His fine mind is, I fear, growing mean and disingenuous.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
This seems to me very disingenuous.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
You see, I owe you one over that disingenuous way you treated me about Jack and the baccarat.
"Mammon and Co." by E. F. Benson
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In news:

Anti-Pebble forces aside, there is nothing on this planet more disingenuous or prone to unabashed fibbery than a leftist on a mission to save the world from an outbreak of sanity.
New ESPN analyst Bill Simmons calls Thunder ' disingenuous ' on James Harden contract talks.
The New York Times' Disingenuous Campaign Against Citizens United.
The Religious Right's Disingenuous Interest in History.
Lingle Veto "Profoundly Disingenuous ".
In an interview with NEWSWEEK, Barack Obama says the Democratic front runner is ' disingenuous .'.
The Disingenuous WSJ Opinion Pages.
Critiquing Prurient Sexuality, or Disingenuously Peddling a Soft-Porn Aesthetic.
I used to say that I never invented a dish in my life, but now that would be disingenuous.
Lingle Veto "Profoundly Disingenuous".
Since that scarring conflict, it's been nearly impossible (or at least disingenuous) to depict war without getting into its murky politics.
Paul Greenberg, president and founder of consultancy The 56 Group, says he finds Eloqua's plea of IP protection to be disingenuous.
File photos Newark Mayor Cory Booker lashed out at Devils managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek on April 4, accusing him of exploiting the city, but many of the facts he cites are misleading or disingenuous.
Lingle Veto " Profoundly Disingenuous".
She wasn't asking out of false modesty or disingenuousness.
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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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