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.

Usage Examples:

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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