faux-naif

faux-naïf

[foh-nah-eef]
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:
1940–45; < French; see faux, naive

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faux-naïf (fonaif)
 
adj
1.  appearing or seeking to appear simple and unsophisticated: a faux-naïf narration
 
n
2.  a person who pretends to be naïve
 
[French: false naïve]

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