Someone who is disingenuous is someone who displays ________ (fill in the blank). Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' or something else?

  • To be disingenuous is to lack sincerity, but someone who is disingenuous rarely intends their insincerity to be "on display." – user98990 Jul 4 '15 at 18:16
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    I would say disingenuousness if I had to choose one of yours. I'd prefer to say (like @LittleEva I think) something like "Someone who is disingenuous is someone who conceals their desire to deceive". – Dan Jul 4 '15 at 22:37

The term is disingenuousness :


  • Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating: "Increasingly, the question of immigration has become a disingenuous stalking-horse for race and racial hostility" (Tyler Stovall).
  • Pretending to be unaware or unsophisticated; faux-naïf.

Usage Note:

  • Disingenuous usually means "insincere" and often seems to be a synonym of cynical or calculating. Not surprisingly, the word is used often in political contexts, as in "It is both insensitive and disingenuous for the White House to describe its aid package and the proposal to eliminate the federal payment as "tough love."

The Free Dictionary

Disingenuity is a less common synonym as shown in Ngram (disingenuousness vs disingenuity)


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    "disingenuity", I love that word - really. – user98990 Jul 4 '15 at 22:48

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