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[dis-in-jen-yoo-uh s] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈdʒɛn yu əs/
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere:
Her excuse was rather disingenuous.
Origin of disingenuous
1645-55; dis-1 + ingenuous
Related forms
disingenuously, adverb
disingenuousness, noun
nondisingenuous, adjective
nondisingenuously, adverb
nondisingenuousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Certain simple purposes emerged from the disingenuous muddle of her feelings and desires.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Tell me then, my dear Camilla, do you sigh under the weight of any disingenuous conduct?

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • The explanation must, therefore, have been disingenuous, for no honest reply could have been otherwise than most unsatisfactory.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2) John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • The letter is disingenuous, and is the composition of a man impudent and conceited.

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • We have the usual misleading and disingenuous statement in a "Note" which is prefixed to these Instructions.

    H. P. Blavatsky Alice Leighton Cleather
British Dictionary definitions for disingenuous


not sincere; lacking candour
Derived Forms
disingenuously, adverb
disingenuousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disingenuous

"lacking in candor," 1650s, from dis- "opposite of" + ingenuous. Related: Disingenuously; disingenuousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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