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faux-naïf

[foh-nah-eef]
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adjective
  1. marked by a pretense of simplicity or innocence; disingenuous.
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noun
  1. a person who shrewdly affects an attitude or pose of simplicity or innocence.
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Origin of faux-naïf

From French, dating back to 1940–45; see origin at faux, naive
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British Dictionary definitions for faux-naif

faux-naïf

adjective
  1. appearing or seeking to appear simple and unsophisticateda faux-naïf narration
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noun
  1. a person who pretends to be naïve
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Word Origin

French: false naïve
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