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disingenuous

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Definition insincere — especially when withholding knowledge and pretending to be sincere
  • 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 is disingenuous to call it an "Education" bill as it did nothing to aid education.
  • It's disingenuous to exaggerate her position and then prove the exaggerated position to be unreasonable.
  • 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
  • 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
  • This objection is disingenuous.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I was still hugging the boy, so he couldn't see the disingenuous look on my youthful face.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Mr Elliot is evidently a disingenuous, artificial, worldly man, who has never had any better principle to guide him than selfishness.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Where before it would just be indulgent, undeserved, disingenuous emotion.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • These things, she felt, were not to be passed around like disingenuous party favors.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Disingenuousness and double dealing seemed to meet him at every turn.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • Do not be disingenuous with me, Colonel Graff.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • 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
  • Dishonorable, disingenuous, and shameful.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The Major accused him of disingenuousness, and was roughly right, but only roughly.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Woman is perfidious and disingenuous.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • 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

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