Origin of ingenuous
Examples from the Web for ingenuous
Netanyahu, and even some ingenuous pundits, are bragging about how Israel and America have never been closer.
It would be ingenuous to trace any feeling or lack of feeling in Talleyrands conduct after the execution.Talleyrand|Joseph McCabe
Darrow broke into a laugh at this ingenuous picture of his state.The Reef|Edith Wharton
A pleasant, ingenuous face it was, flushed now with the joy of triumph.The Doomsman|Van Tassel Sutphen
British Dictionary definitions for ingenuous
Word Origin for ingenuous
Word Origin and History for ingenuous
1590s, "noble in nature," from Latin ingenuus "with the virtues of freeborn people, of noble character, frank, upright, candid," originally "native, freeborn," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gen-, root of gignere "beget, produce" (see genus). Sense of "artless, innocent" is 1670s, via evolution from "high-minded" to "honorably open, straightforward," to "innocently frank." Related: Ingenuously; ingenuousness.