Word of the Day: Disingenuous


adjective \ˌdis-in-ˈjen-yə-wəs, -yü-əs-\

: not truly honest or sincere : giving the false appearance of being honest or sincere

Full Definition of DISINGENUOUS

:  lacking in candor; also :  giving a false appearance of simple frankness :  calculating
dis·in·gen·u·ous·ly adverb
dis·in·gen·u·ous·ness noun


  1. Her recent expressions of concern are self-serving and disingenuous.
  2. It’s had nine murders since 1937—about the same as you would get in many small towns. This was correct, but a wee disingenuous. The AT [Appalachian Trail] had no murders in its first thirty-six years and nine in the past twenty-two. —Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods, 1999
  3. … and he egged Badger on, asking a disingenuous question about the antivivisection rally in Cleveland, and as Badger took the thought up and chewed it over, the Doctor made as if to excuse himself. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993
  4. … he has a disingenuous way of resorting to slang when he wants to make a big point but is afraid of sounding pretentious. —Karen Schoemer, New York Times Book Review, 31 Oct. 1993
  5. Unity is at best an ideal, at worst a disingenuous political slogan. —Salman Rushdie, The Independent on Sunday, 25 Nov. 1990

First Known Use of DISINGENUOUS

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary copyright © 2014 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

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