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faux-naïf

[foh-nah-eef] /ˈfoʊ nɑˈif/
adjective
1.
marked by a pretense of simplicity or innocence; disingenuous.
noun
2.
a person who shrewdly affects an attitude or pose of simplicity or innocence.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; < French; see faux, naive
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British Dictionary definitions for faux naïf

faux-naïf

/fonaif/
adjective
1.
appearing or seeking to appear simple and unsophisticated: a faux-naïf narration
noun
2.
a person who pretends to be naïve
Word Origin
French: false naïve
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