HyperDic: disingenuous

English > 1 sense of the word disingenuous:
ADJECTIVEalldisingenuous, artfulnot straightforward or candid / candid
disingenuous > pronunciation
Soundsdihsihnjheh'nyuwahs
Rhymesabacus ... zealous: 1164 rhymes with ahs...
English > disingenuous: 1 sense > adjective 1
Meaningnot straightforward or candid / candid; giving a false / false appearance of frankness.
Examples
  • "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine
  • "a disingenuous excuse"
Synonymartful
Narrowerdistorted, misrepresented, perverted, twistedHaving an intended meaning / meaning altered or misrepresented
See alsoinsincerelacking sincerity
Oppositeingenuous, artlessCharacterized by an inability to mask your feelings
Spanishartero, artificiosa, astuto, falsa, falso, insincera, insincero, mañoso, poco sincero
Nounsdisingenuousnessthe quality of being disingenuous and lacking candor
Adverbsdisingenuouslyin a disingenuous manner

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