I adjective artful, artificial, conscienceless, counterfeit, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, delusive, delusory, designing, devious, dishonest, dodging, evasive, false, false hearted, feigned, fraudulent, hypocritical, insidious, insincere, lacking frankness, lying, mendacious, misdealing, misleading, parum candidus, perfidious, prevaricating, scheming, shifty, sly, spurious, surreptitious, tricky, truthless, uncandid, underhanded, unethical, ungenuine, unprincipled, unscrupulous, unstraightforward, untrustworthy, untruthful, wanting in candor, wily, without truth II index deceptive, dishonest, fraudulent, lying, machiavellian, oblique (evasive), sinister, tortuous (corrupt), unconscionable, unscrupulous, untrue

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  • disingenuous — meaning ‘insincere, having secret motives’, is the opposite of ingenuous meaning ‘innocent, honest’, and is applied to people and their actions: • The somewhat disingenuous slogan of ‘ban the bomb’ Harold Macmillan, 1971 • I should be… …   Modern English usage

  • Disingenuous — Dis in*gen u*ous, a. 1. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes. [1913 Webster] 2. Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disingenuous — lacking in candor, 1650s, from DIS (Cf. dis ) opposite of + INGENUOUS (Cf. ingenuous). Related: Disingenuously; disingenuousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • disingenuous — [adj] insincere artful, crooked, cunning, deceitful, designing, dishonest, duplicitous, false, feigned, foxy, guileful, indirect, insidious, mendacious, oblique, shifty*, sly, tricky, two faced*, uncandid, underhanded, unfair, unfrank, wily;… …   New thesaurus

  • disingenuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not candid or sincere, especially in feigning ignorance. DERIVATIVES disingenuously adverb disingenuousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • disingenuous — [dis΄in jen′yo͞o əs] adj. 1. not straightforward; not candid or frank; insincere 2. slyly deceptive or misleading, typically by means of a pretense of ignorance or unawareness disingenuously adv. disingenuousness n …   English World dictionary

  • disingenuous — [[t]dɪ̱sɪnʤe̱njuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf Someone who is disingenuous is slightly dishonest and insincere in what they say. [FORMAL] It is certainly an interesting colour, but it would be disingenuous to claim that this is a… …   English dictionary

  • disingenuous — disingenuously, adv. disingenuousness, n. /dis in jen yooh euhs/, adj. lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere: Her excuse was rather disingenuous. [1645 55; DIS 1 + INGENUOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • disingenuous — adjective /ˌdɪs.ɪn.ˈdʒɛn.ju.əs/ a) Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; fake or deceptive. I am not so vain as to think these Remarks free from faults, nor so disingenuous as not to confess them: b) Not ingenuous; not… …   Wiktionary

  • disingenuous — dis|in|gen|u|ous [ˌdısınˈdʒenjuəs] adj formal not sincere and slightly dishonest ≠ ↑ingenuous ▪ Keeping the details of the tax changes vague is disingenuous. >disingenuously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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