What does disingenuous mean?

Definitions for disingenuousˌdɪs ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs

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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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Brown:

    It's wrong and disingenuous, we're no Ferguson.

  2. Kshama Sawant:

    It is disingenuous for them to say they don’t have enough to pay $15 an hour.

  3. Jabari Asim:

    It's disingenuous to have a discussion about racism and not point to the language of racism.

  4. Campaigns Lindsay Rajt:

    Juhl’s claim is disingenuous at best. Asger Juhl is Asger Juhl. Asger Juhl teaches nothing.

  5. Jessica Stern:

    This was a disingenuous effort to shed the dignity of LGBT employees at the U.N., while clawing at the authority of the secretary general, those who sided with Russia should be ashamed of such a craven vote.

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