disingenuous

[dis-in-jen-yoo-uh s]

adjective

lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere: Her excuse was rather disingenuous.

Nearby words

  1. disinfestant,
  2. disinflate,
  3. disinflation,
  4. disinform,
  5. disinformation,
  6. disinherit,
  7. disinhibition,
  8. disinhume,
  9. disinsertion,
  10. disintegrate

Origin of disingenuous

First recorded in 1645–55; dis-1 + ingenuous

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British Dictionary definitions for disingenuous

disingenuous

adjective

not sincere; lacking candour
Derived Formsdisingenuously, adverbdisingenuousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for disingenuous

disingenuous

adj.

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

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