To see details on the word
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.

She plays a wide-eyed, ingenuous schoolgirl forced to grow up too quickly.
  innocent as in lacking in sophistication or worldliness — especially in being direct and not masking feelings
 Mark word for later review on this computer
ingenuous ingenuousness ingenuously
Strongly Associated with:   ingenious, ingenuity
Do not confuse ingenuous with ingenious (showing inventiveness and skill). It might help to remember that the word ingenuous contains the root of the word genuine.
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
  • 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
  • This ingenuous remark confirmed Miss Maxwell’s opinion of Rebecca as a girl who could hear the truth and profit by it.
    Wiggin, Kate Douglas  --  Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Did you ever know a more harmless, ingenuous, delightful young man in your life?
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Kingdom of the Blind

  • Show more
  • My experienced commander seemed in one searching glance to read my thoughts on my ingenuous face.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • But then the Prosecutor sprang to his feet and, draping his gown round him, said he was amazed at his friend’s ingenuousness in failing to see that between these two elements of the case there was a vital link.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • ...he gave her a most ingenuous account of everything that had befallen him since the moment of their separation.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • And she smiled with a joy that was at once proud and ingenuous.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • He smiled ingenuously, revealing the gaps in his teeth,
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • It was impossible to determine whether this question was ingenuous or malicious.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams

  • Show more again
  • With ingenuous frankness he spoke of what a wicked, ill-disciplined boy he had been, and impulsively drew up his cuff to exhibit upon his wrist the scar from a saber cut which he had received in a duel outside of Paris when he was nineteen.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I have seen it with these eyes, and I ingenuously confess...
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • George Tesman is really an ingenuous creature,
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • Indeed the horror of it was how central we were, how ingenuously and not we comprised the larger processes, feeding ourselves and one another to the all-consuming engine of the war.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The Skimberrys were of a different social class than I and one of the year’s miracles was my introduction to their way of life, to their complete and ingenuous acceptance of me as a friend, and to the perspective they gave me of society and the men on top as viewed from the bottom.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He was a year older than I, and I avoided him on principle: he enjoyed everything I disapproved of, and disliked my ingenuous diversions.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He waited until the Shade stirred before asking ingenuously, "Why are you here?"
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "But why do you want to keep the embryo below par?" asked an ingenuous student.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "Well now, no, I haven’t," confessed Matthew ingenuously.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • As Dantes spoke, Villefort gazed at his ingenuous and open countenance, and recollected the words of Renee, who, without knowing who the culprit was, had besought his indulgence for him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Riviere, not wholly ingenuously, undertook to explain to Jimmy the triumph of the French mechanicians.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Brent’s wide ingenuous face was puzzled and mildly indignant.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He was a stout man, of about two— or three-and-twenty, with an open, ingenuous countenance, a black, mild eye, and cheeks rosy and downy as an autumn peach.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Svidrigailov muttered ingenuously, as though he, too, were puzzled.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • "Only this last week, father," said Eppie, ingenuously, "since Aaron talked to me about it."
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Luciana fled mirthfully along the sidewalk in her high white wedgies, pulling Yossarian along in tow with the same lusty and ingenuous zeal she had displayed in the dance hall the night before and at every moment since.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He had said these things in a loud, rapid, hoarse voice, with a sort of irritated and savage ingenuousness.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And what was charming in the blond ingenuousness of Aron became suspicious and unpleasant in the dark-faced, slit-eyed Cal.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • I was ingenuous and young, and I thought so.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And, quite ingenuously, he clasped her waist.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • In my ingenuousness I hoped that Sylvester would marry Lena, and thus give all the country girls a better position in the town.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • _ To be sure we were glad enough to get rid of such wretched plagues; but yet honesty made us ingenuously represent to them, by what we ourselves had suffered, the certain destruction they were running into, either of being starved to death or murdered by the savages.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Harriet bore the intelligence very well—blaming nobody—and in every thing testifying such an ingenuousness of disposition and lowly opinion of herself, as must appear with particular advantage at that moment to her friend.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I’d intended to ask her about Ian’s dishonesty and how she felt when she learned she’d been left off the Everest permit, but she was so cheerful and ingenuous that I didn’t have the stomach for it.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He had possessed so few women of such ingenuousness.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • "Do you know the impression your words give me?" she said ingenuously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Yet he never saw her, or exchanged a word with her, without feeling that, after all, May’s ingenuousness almost amounted to a gift of divination.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Left to herself, Lucy would have told her mother and her lover ingenuously, and it would have remained a little thing.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "I rejoice to hear so favorable and so ingenuous an account of my cousin Clifford," said the benevolent Judge.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • At our wedding, ingenuous child!
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Nor did his blushes and awkwardness take away from it: she was pleased with these healthy tokens of the young gentleman’s ingenuousness.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He was, however, anticipated by the voice of the ingenuous and youthful Alice.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I wrote him an ingenuous letter of acknowledgment, crav’d his forbearance a little longer, which he allow’d me, and as soon as I was able, I paid the principal with interest, and many thanks; so that erratum was in some degree corrected.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • "You haven’t seen everything yet," said the usher ingenuously.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • He was thin, rather frail-looking, with a boyish ingenuousness and a slightly foolish smile, despite his seven children.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Polite and worthless promises maybe, but Farmer in the role of supplicant seemed artfully ingenuous.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He rose with a start, his ingenuous face looking as though it had been dipped in crimson: even the reddish tint in his beard seemed to deepen.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She was evidently quite young, not more than nineteen, and as ingenuous as a child.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • I looked after him for a long while as he disappeared into the distance along the leafless avenue with the good-natured and slightly comic gait of an ingenuous idealist.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • " "To which Harold Skimpole would reply, you know," he returned in his gayest manner and with his most ingenuous smile, " ’Upon my life I have not the least idea!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   ingenuous [7] , ingenious [1] , ingenuity [2]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Classic Literature, Religion - Christianity
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading