1. [syn: disingenuous, artful]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Disingenuous \Dis`in*gen"u*ous\, a.
1. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean;
unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes.
2. Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not
frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.
So disingenuous as not to confess them [faults].
-- Dis`in*gen"u*ous*ly, adv. --T. Warton. --
Dis`in*gen"u*ous*ness, n. --Macaulay.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance
of frankness; "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine,
and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most
disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine; "a
disingenuous excuse" [syn: disingenuous, artful]
[ant: artless, ingenuous]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "disingenuous":
apparently sound, artful, calculating, casuistic, clever,
colorable, contriving, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceptive,
designing, devious, dishonest, double-dealing, duplicitous, empty,
fallacious, false, falsehearted, feigned, forsworn, foxy, guileful,
hollow, hypocritical, illusive, indirect, insidious, insincere,
jesuitic, left-handed, mealymouthed, oblique, overrefined,
oversubtle, perjured, philosophistic, plausible, plotting,
scheming, shifty, slick, sly, smooth, sophistic, sophistical,
specious, tongue in cheek, tricky, two-faced, uncandid,
underhanded, unfrank, unserious, unsincere, untruthful, wily