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]. --Pope.
-- Dis*in*gen*u*ous*ly, adv. --T. Warton. -- Dis*in*gen*u*ous*ness, n.
adj : 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: artful] [ant: ingenuous]