Insincere vs. Disingenuous - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Insincere (adjective)

    Not genuinely meaning what has been expressed; not sincere; artificial.

    "Janice's furious glare showed that her apology was insincere."

  • Insincere (adjective)

    Not serious.

  • Disingenuous (adjective)

    Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; fake or deceptive.

  • Disingenuous (adjective)

    Not ingenuous; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.

  • Disingenuous (adjective)

    Assuming a pose of naïveté to make a point or for deception.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Insincere (adjective)

    not expressing genuine feelings

    "she flashed him an insincere smile"

  • Disingenuous (adjective)

    not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does

    "this journalist was being somewhat disingenuous as well as cynical"

Webster Dictionary

  • Insincere (adjective)

    Not being in truth what one appears to be; not sincere; dissembling; hypocritical; disingenuous; deceitful; false; - said of persons; also of speech, thought; etc.; as, insincere declarations.

  • Insincere (adjective)

    Disappointing; imperfect; unsound.

  • Disingenuous (adjective)

    Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes.

  • Disingenuous (adjective)

    Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Insincere (adjective)

    lacking sincerity;

    "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"

    "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

  • Disingenuous (adjective)

    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"

    "a disingenuous excuse"

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