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Definition inexperience, innocence, or lack of sophistication
  • She criticized the naivete of American foreign policy.
naivete = lack of sophistication
  • Her naivete makes her the butt of many jokes.
  • naivete = innocence or lack of sophistication
  • I found in him, on the contrary, an extreme mistrustfulness concealed under a mask of naivete, and an intelligence of considerable range.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Just here, Franny, in apparent despair at the naivete of the question, struck her forehead with her hand.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Do you hear that phrase uttered with such premature haste—'if not I'—the animal cunning, the naivete, the Karamazov impatience of it?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • This naivete of expectation drove me to fury, but I restrained myself.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • They had thought to have a good laugh at him and his naivete!
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • But the latter's good-natured naivete was so boundless that sometimes even he involuntarily yielded to Nicholas' good humor.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Is naivete really your armor?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • He spoke to his companion, who made answer; then he replied with the naivete of a diverted child, "Wait till I say begin."
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He responded at once by presenting himself at her home with all his disarming naivete.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • It's a conservative wish-fulfillment, a yearning for naivete.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Notice the youth, naivete, and indignation of the young Conrack enraged.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The naivete of his words, Settembrini said, was less problematic than his fear of giving offense and his tendency to make concessions to the Devil.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Yurii Andreievich said nothing, merely shrugging his shoulders and making no secret of his almost uncontrollable exasperation at Liberius's naivete.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • As soon as he said this both Prince Vasili and Anna Pavlovna turned away from him and glanced sadly at one another with a sigh at his naivete.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But was it corruption or was it merely that you lost the naivete that you started with?
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He was amused at her naivete and slightly touched.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He liked naivete better.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • He had never seen so lovely a face, and was delighted with her naivete.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma

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