View synonyms for disingenuous


[ dis-in-jen-yoo-uhs ]


  1. lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere:

    Her excuse was rather disingenuous.


/ ˌdɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjʊəs /


  1. not sincere; lacking candour

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Derived Forms

  • ˌdisinˈgenuousness, noun
  • ˌdisinˈgenuously, adverb

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Other Words From

  • disin·genu·ous·ly adverb
  • disin·genu·ous·ness noun
  • nondis·in·genu·ous adjective
  • nondis·in·genu·ous·ly adverb
  • nondis·in·genu·ous·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of disingenuous1

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

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Example Sentences

To shield one’s pet hypothesis of an alien object by suggesting that it is not being taken seriously because of a flaw in how we do science is playing a disingenuous game with the facts.

The move has no political chance in a Democratic House, but sends a clear, though disingenuous, message about punishing supposed “extremism.”

From Vox

Deshaun Watson is taking a stand against disingenuous NFL owners.

In this fascinating new era, there are consequences for their disingenuous dealings.

These factors have also helped companies overcome the fear of being seen as partisan or disingenuous, a fear that previously held them back from engagement, especially in the current, polarized political climate.

From Fortune

How does one support gender equality without coming across as disingenuous or, even worse, as pandering?

He would rather endorse someone with genuine doubts than someone with disingenuous beliefs.

And he did it with arguments that many civil libertarians found disingenuous, at best.

But the crown itself (or headband or cluster of buds) screams disingenuous.

There is something disingenuous about his playing both instigator and victim.

Still she was the first to speak; since Eau-douce could utter naught that would be disingenuous, or that would pain his friend.

"You know quite well what I mean," continued Mrs. Lascelles, with a genuine smile at my disingenuous face.

All this is, of course, manifestly disingenuous, and does not impose on Heriot's superiors in the general post office.

This somewhat disingenuous argument created a profound impression.

It is disingenuous to endeavor to conceal these facts, and to mislead ordinary citizens about them.


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