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disingenuous (adj) not frank; not sincere; slightly dishonest.

You are disingenuous when you are not frank, that is, not open or straightforward. When you are disingenuous you are not sincere. You lie or pretend not to know something that you know. For example, when you pretend no knowledge of a theft, you are disingenuous.

  • The Senator is in such a situation that it would be disingenuous on his part to claim that he does not know of his close associate's involvement in the fraud.
  • Disingenuous persons appear far more innocent than the really innocent, but they are dishonest and donít hesitate to lie.
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