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Definitions for disingenuous
ˌdɪs ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əsdisin·gen·u·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disingenuous, artful(adj)

    not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness

    "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine; "a disingenuous excuse"


  1. disingenuous(Adjective)

    Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; fake or deceptive.

  2. disingenuous(Adjective)

    Not ingenuous; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.

  3. disingenuous(Adjective)

    Assuming a pose of naivete to make a point or for deception.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disingenuous(adj)

    not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes

  2. Disingenuous(adj)

    not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disingenuous

    dis-in-jen′ū-us, adj. not ingenuous: not frank or open: crafty.—adv. Disingen′uously.—n. Disingen′uousness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disingenuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disingenuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of disingenuous in a Sentence

  1. Elon Musk:

    No, just like [ Unsworth ] didn't clarify he wanted to sodomize me with a submarine. I didn't think it required clarification, i think that would have been worse. If you called someone a motherf' er I don't think you would have to clarify you don't actually commit incest. It would sound disingenuous.

  2. Jerry Springerslow:

    The truth is, at my age [ 71 ], if you stop, you stop. You don’t take a couple of years off and come back at 87, i don’t want to stop enjoying life. I have no talent but I get to do these shows. I ’m not being disingenuous, but as a kid no one would have picked me out and said, ‘ He ’ll be in show biz. ’ I’ve just been lucky. Why stop ? I honestly don’t see Jerry Springerslow slowing down, other than for health reasons.

  3. Judge Jeanine Pirro:

    ’The View’ was disingenuous in not telling us who was hosting, they didn’t tell anyone that one of the most rabid anti-Trump, anti-Fox people was going to be sitting next to me and interviewing me.

  4. Paul Simon:

    They were completely disingenuous about it, first of all, we didn't break any boycott. There was no rule about recording with black South African musicians. In fact, the whole purpose of the boycott was the antithesis of what we did.Simon with the South African musician Joseph Shabalala, founder of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with whom Simon collaborated on.

  5. Sophie Richardson:

    This is at best a profoundly disingenuous claim — the problems with censorship and surveillance are well known, as are the requirements for foreign firms to hand over all sorts of data and user information in an environment with no privacy rights.

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