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 for disingenuous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Disingenuous \Dis`in*gen"u*ous\, a.
     1. Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean;
        unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not
        frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.
        [1913 Webster]
              So disingenuous as not to confess them [faults].
        -- Dis`in*gen"u*ous*ly, adv. --T. Warton. --
        Dis`in*gen"u*ous*ness, n. --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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: disingenuous, artful]
             [ant: artless, ingenuous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "disingenuous":
     apparently sound, artful, calculating, casuistic, clever,
     colorable, contriving, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceptive,
     designing, devious, dishonest, double-dealing, duplicitous, empty,
     fallacious, false, falsehearted, feigned, forsworn, foxy, guileful,
     hollow, hypocritical, illusive, indirect, insidious, insincere,
     jesuitic, left-handed, mealymouthed, oblique, overrefined,
     oversubtle, perjured, philosophistic, plausible, plotting,
     scheming, shifty, slick, sly, smooth, sophistic, sophistical,
     specious, tongue in cheek, tricky, two-faced, uncandid,
     underhanded, unfrank, unserious, unsincere, untruthful, wily

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