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The Idiot
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  • Observe how ingenuously he underlines certain words, and how crudely he glosses over his hidden thoughts.
  • Yet his smile, in spite of its sweetness, was a little thin, if I may so call it, and showed his teeth too evenly; his gaze though decidedly good-humoured and ingenuous, was a trifle too inquisitive and intent to be altogether agreeable.
  • "No, I’m not married!" replied the prince, smiling at the ingenuousness of this little feeler.
  • This is an excess of ingenuousness or of malice—you ought to know better than anyone which word best fits the case.
  • "Why, no, it is hardly the same," remarked Gavrila Ardalionovitch, with an air of ingenuous surprise.

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  • She plays a wide-eyed, ingenuous schoolgirl forced to grow up too quickly.
  • The face of the old man was stern, hard-featured, and forbidding; that of the young one, open, handsome, and ingenuous.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

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