Why disingenuous instead of liar?
February 6, 2006 7:33 AM Subscribe
What is the difference between using the word disingenuous and lying, especially in a political context?
posted by MrMulan to society & culture (23 answers total)
It always seems as if opposition speakers try to stay away from the word(s) lying, liar, ect... as if they were the plague and instead use the word disingeuous as a type of code. Meanwhile I am yelling at the TV saying that they were lying.
Why the great care in staying away from the L word?
dis·in·gen·u·ous Pronunciation Key (dsn-jny-s)
1. Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating: “an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who... exemplified... the most disagreeable traits of his time” (David Cannadine).
2. Pretending to be unaware or unsophisticated; faux-naïf.
3. Usage Problem. Unaware or uninformed; naive.
1. A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
2. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.
v. lied, ly·ing, (lng) lies
1. To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
2. To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie.