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disingenuous

dis·in·gen·u·ous

disingenuous

 
 
pronunciation:
dIs ihn jen yu s
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part of speech: adjective
definition: not candid or sincere.
His invitation had seemed disingenuous, and she wondered if he'd been put up to asking her.
antonyms:
artless, ingenuous, sincere
similar words:
insincere
derivations: disingenuously (adv.), disingenuousness (n.)
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The word disingenuous contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-