V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. failing to reveal the full story or whole truth; 2. appearing sincere, but actually being false and insincere
Synonyms: insincere, deceitful, dishonest, duplicitous
Antonyms: honest, frank, sincere
Tips: Disingenuous is related to the word genuine. Someone who is disingenuous is NOT acting in a genuine (sincere and true) manner. The word disingenuous is often used in the context of politics, sometimes insinuating cynical or calculating behavior.
Her disingenuous retelling of the story made her out to be the hero, when really it was her brother who did most of the work. (dishonest)
The letter was full of empty, disingenuous praise that the man considered to have no real value. (insincere)
To be honest, I thought the candidate's speech was disingenuous, and I don't think he will truly carry through with any of his promises. (insincerel, duplicitous)
His apology was clearly disingenuous, and I could tell he wasn't sorry at all. (dishonest, insincere)
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