disingenuous


dis·in·gen·u·ous

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

Examples of DISINGENUOUS

  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

First Known Use of DISINGENUOUS

1655

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