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ingenuous, ingenious

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These two words, which sound so alike, are actually nearly opposites. Ingenuous means “to be artless, simple, innocent; lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness.” It also means “openly straightforward or frank; candid.”

If you are ingenuous, you have an inability to mask your feelings; you are not devious

Ingenious means “to be particularly imaginative, clever, inventive.”

See disingenuous.

Example: Her idea was so ingenious that it went completely over the head of her ingenuous new assistant.

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