I am trying to think of a word used to describe someone who is intentionally oversimplifying an argument by making a statement that is technically true, but ignores a lot of issues. Its an adjective similar to describing the person as being intentionally obtuse or too clever for their own good.

  • Commonly known as the "strawman fallacy".
    – xiota
    May 31, 2018 at 20:13

4 Answers 4


Are you looking for "disingenuous?"


Another take on this could be "reductive"?

  • Haven't actually heard it used like that before. Similar but doesn't imply that the author is doing it intentionally, which is what I was going for
    – Lawton
    Aug 31, 2013 at 22:17

I might go with "glib" as a synonym for "superficial." However, neither of those are really about being too clever.

When I think of "too clever," I think of "cocky" of "flip."


Shallow, superficial, or facile:

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

adj 1: arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth;
"too facile a solution for so complex a problem"

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