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Disingenuousness   /dˌɪsɪndʒˈɛnjuəsnəs/   Listen

The quality of being disingenuous and lacking candor.

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"Disingenuousness" Quotes from Famous Books

... has the disingenuousness, in his Folio Dictionary, under the word SONNET, to cite that Sonnet at full length, as a specimen of Milton's style in this kind of Poetry. Johnson disliked Sonnets, and he equally disliked Blank Verse, and Odes. It is in vain to combat the prejudice of splenetic aversion. The ...
— Original sonnets on various subjects; and odes paraphrased from Horace • Anna Seward

... friends to freedom. I will not remind the reader here of the horrible vacillations and inconsistencies of policy in Greece that have prolonged the war and cost us wealth and lives beyond measure, but President Wilson himself has reminded us pungently enough and sufficiently enough of the follies and disingenuousness of our early treatment of the Russian Revolution. What I want to point out here is the supreme importance of a clear lead in this matter now in order that we should state ...
— In The Fourth Year - Anticipations of a World Peace (1918) • H.G. Wells

... But though I thus found myself unable sincerely to make the sacrifice of my own opinion, another sacrifice of a different kind I have made, viz., that of half my paper. I cancelled one half—viz., that half which was occupied with cases in Pope of disingenuousness, and perhaps of moral falsehood or collusion with other people's falsehood, but not of falsehood atrociously literal and conscious; meaning thus to diminish by one half the penance of those who do not like to see Pope assaulted, although forced by uneasiness to watch the assault;—feeling ...
— Theological Essays and Other Papers v2 • Thomas de Quincey

... with the general ignorance that prevails among foreigners generally on topics connected with China and the Chinese. At the same time, it may fairly be pleaded that the error in question was due to disingenuousness on the part of the translator from the Peking Gazette who, mentioning that such a sentence had been lately passed upon two unhappy beings, adds that, "they have been publicly sliced to death accordingly, with the ...
— Chinese Sketches • Herbert A. Giles

... Sovereign. Some old statutes indeed made desertion felony in certain specified cases. But those statutes were applicable only to soldiers serving the King in actual war, and could not without the grossest disingenuousness be so strained as to include the case of a man who, in a time of profound tranquillity at home and abroad, should become tired of the camp at Hounslow and should go back to his native village. The government appears to have had no hold on such a man, except the hold which master ...
— The History of England from the Accession of James II. - Volume 2 (of 5) • Thomas Babington Macaulay

Words linked to "Disingenuousness" :   ingenuousness, deceitfulness, artfulness, guile, dishonesty, craftiness, disingenuous

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