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faux-naïf

[ foh-nah-eef ]
/ ˈfoʊ nɑˈif /
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adjective
marked by a pretense of simplicity or innocence; disingenuous.
noun
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-naïf

faux-naïf
/ French (fonaif) /

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

Word Origin for faux-naïf

French: false naïve
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