1. disingenuous

adjective. ['dɪsɪnˈdʒɛnjuːəs'] not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness.


  • twisted
  • distorted
  • artful
  • perverted
  • insincere


  • ingenuous
  • shapely
  • artless
  • maladroit


  • dis- (English)
  • ingenuous (English)

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Words that Rhyme with Disingenuous

  • strenuous

Example sentences of the word disingenuous

1. Adjective
While this theoretically turns the answer into a positive, it also comes across as disingenuous.

Quotes containing the word disingenuous

1. Candidate Obama was either exceptionally naive or willfully disingenuous when he vowed to change the way Washington works. The very promise of Hope and Change was rooted in uprooting the Washington modus operandi. But instead of rejecting it, he embraced it all - the secrecy, the closed doors, the political favors, the near-criminal negligence.
- Reince Priebus

2. I am aware it's easy and may be fashionable to pose with a slum child, and the irony of getting the media along means that it can come across as disingenuous. But you take these things on board, and you hope you mean it whenever you get stuck into something.
- Erin O'Connor

3. At the risk of appearing disingenuous, I don't really think of myself as 'writing humor.' I'm simply reporting on the world I observe, which is frequently hilarious.
- Richard Russo