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  • It is disingenuous to call it an "Education" bill as it did nothing to aid education.
  • Mr Elliot is evidently a disingenuous, artificial, worldly man, who has never had any better principle to guide him than selfishness.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • It’s disingenuous to exaggerate her position and then prove the exaggerated position to be unreasonable.
  • Where before it would just be indulgent, undeserved, disingenuous emotion.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • Mae looked into his eyes for signs of disingenuousness, given there was no rational person who would have declined an invitation to work here.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I was still hugging the boy, so he couldn’t see the disingenuous look on my youthful face.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The challenge of suppressing cheaters who performed their dastardly deeds so openly and disingenuously and with so much intellectual relish was immense.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Do not be disingenuous with me, Colonel Graff.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Dishonorable, disingenuous, and shameful.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • These things, she felt, were not to be passed around like disingenuous party favors.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones

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  • Woman is perfidious and disingenuous.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But the phrase on the priest’s lips was disingenuous for he knew that a priest should not speak lightly on that theme.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Still, his too obvious display of learning and the disingenuous manner in which he used the power of his name had won him less affection than he deserved.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The Major accused him of disingenuousness, and was roughly right, but only roughly.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Mr Elliot is evidently a disingenuous, artificial, worldly man, who has never had any better principle to guide him than selfishness.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • John Alexander was a splendid looking cadet, erect and arrogant, with an instinct for survival in the Corps that was as uncanny as it was disingenuous.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He was a beer saufer; droopy, small, a humorist, wry, drawn, weak, his tone nosy and quinchy, his pants in creases under his paunch; his nose curved up and presented offended and timorous nostrils, and he had round, disingenuous eyes in which he showed he was strongly defended.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • This objection is disingenuous.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Still she was the first to speak; since Eau-douce could utter naught that would be disingenuous, or that would pain his friend.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • CUSINS [disingenuously] Well—er—well, possibly, as a collector of religions— LOMAX [cunningly] Not as a drummer, though, you know.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • It would be disingenuous to speak of mourning, but all the same, for a while the expression in Hans Castorp’s eyes was more pensive than usual.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Ironically, these were all the things that my father forever wanted me to consider, and to what as a teenager I had disingenuously cried, "What about love?"
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • This isn’t a book about the cost of chewing gum versus campaign spending per se, or about disingenuous real-estate agents, or the impact of legalized abortion on crime.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I am well aware that it would be disingenuous to resolve indiscriminately the opposition of any set of men (merely because their situations might subject them to suspicion) into interested or ambitious views.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The program, in the court’s opinion, was "somewhat disingenuously called ’the safety award system:" IBP’s attitude toward worker safety was hardly unique in the industry, according to Edward Murphy’s testimony before Congress in 1992.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Vergennes’s professed need to see the instructions Gerard was bringing was disingenuous, since Gerard had long since sent Vergennes a summary of Adams’s instructions, in a dispatch from Philadelphia the very day they were adopted by Congress.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Disingenuousness and double dealing seemed to meet him at every turn.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It was done with the highly oxygenated, disingenuous, high-humored esprit of boys still young enough to laugh at death.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It was all quite disingenuous, as doubtless Abigail knew.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia, that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or with raillery; whether to consider it as a mere trial of skill, like the paradoxes of rhetoricians; as a disingenuous artifice to instil prejudices at any price; or as the serious offspring of political fanaticism.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The disingenuous form in which this objection is usually stated has been repeatedly adverted to and exposed, but continues to be pursued in all the conversations and writings of the opponents of the plan.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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