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Meaning of DISINGENUOUS

Pronunciation:  `disin'jenyoous

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness; "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine; "a disingenuous excuse"
 

DISINGENUOUS is a 12 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: artful, distorted, misrepresented, perverted, twisted
 
 Antonyms: artless, ingenuous
 
 See Also: insincere

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Dis`in*gen"u*ous\, a.
1. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean;
   unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes.

2. Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not
   frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.

         So disingenuous as not to confess them [faults].
                                               --Pope.
   -- {Dis`in*gen"u*ous*ly}, adv. --T. Warton. --
   {Dis`in*gen"u*ous*ness}, n. --Macaulay.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: apparently sound, artful, calculating, casuistic, clever, colorable, contriving, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceptive, designing, devious, dishonest, double-dealing, duplicitous, empty, fallacious, false, falsehearted, feigned, forsworn, foxy, guileful, hollow, hypocritical, illusive, indirect, insidious, insincere, jesuitic, left-handed, mealymouthed, oblique, overrefined, oversubtle, perjured, philosophistic, plausible, plotting, scheming, shifty, slick, sly, smooth, sophistic, sophistical, specious, tongue in cheek, tricky, two-faced, uncandid, underhanded, unfrank, unserious, unsincere, untruthful, wily
 

 

 

 

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