Usage examples for ingenuousness

  1. Mrs. Doria's animosity to Mrs. Grandison made her treat this as a piece of satirical ingenuousness. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. He had become, it seemed, a man of low and degrading tastes- 'Erb Redmayne, he was called, or old 'Erb, whose role was to lead the other authorities of the college into all kinds of disreputable haunts, to prompt them to absurd misdeeds, to take advantage of their ingenuousness, to make scapegoats of them, and to adroitly evade justice himself. – Watersprings by Arthur Christopher Benson
  3. The danger is the loss of inward ingenuousness, the attempt to persuade ourselves that we believe opposite statements. – The Intellectual Life by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  4. His knowledge, though imperfect, made him see farther than other workmen; his aspirations did not stop at daily bread; but his extreme ingenuousness, his complete ignorance of mankind, kept him in the dreamland of theory, a Garden of Eden where universal justice reigned. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  5. And yet with his great gifts there was about him a remarkable simplicity of character and a transparent ingenuousness which was as incapable of affectation as of falsehood." – The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University by Robert Peter
  6. The apparent ingenuousness of the English- speaking Teuton is calculated to throw the most vigilant Anglo- Saxon intelligence off its guard. – England and Germany by Emile Joseph Dillon
  7. And Shakespeare, in many of his Sonnets, which gave him the only opportunity he had of speaking of himself, declares, with a confidence equal to his ingenuousness, that what he writes is immortal. – The Art of Literature by Arthur Schopenhauer
  8. When from reading that our Saviour was " the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person, upholding all things by the word of his power," we go on to consider the purpose for which he came on earth, and all that he did and suffered for us; surely if we have a spark of ingenuousness left within us, we shall condemn ourselves as guilty of the blackest ingratitude, in rarely noticing, or coldly turning away, on whatever shallow pretences, from the contemplation of these miracles of mercy. – A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity. by William Wilberforce
  9. There are comic phrases in which this theme is audible, like a distant echo, coupled with an ingenuousness, whether sincere or affected, which acts as accompaniment. – Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic by Henri Bergson
  10. In my last I desired that you would consider the first two or three weeks as a trial, how far you can ensure her, or, more fairly and impartially speaking, how far her habits and conceptions may be such as to put your family very unreasonably out of their way; and I expect from the frankness and ingenuousness of yours of the 29th inst. – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
  11. One meets men who are, one recognises, virtuous, honourable, conscientious, and able; one meets women of character, and ingenuousness, and charm, and beauty. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  12. 120. " Discarding the restraints of virtue, is misnamed ingenuousness." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  13. He was succeeding in the beginning; he had certainly perceived Madame Steno's white gown upon the terrace, while radiant Maud explained his unexpected return with her usual ingenuousness. – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  14. In broken English, with a childlike ingenuousness of demeanor, he informed me that he was a first- class locksmith- first- glass he called it- who had been sent by the management to open a reluctant trunk. – The Firefly Of France by Marion Polk Angellotti
  15. Now and then she would ask a question which delighted them both with its ingenuousness, but for the most part she was busily silent. – Andrew the Glad by Maria Thompson Daviess
  16. Was it that something of the old, frank, childlike ingenuousness seemed to have disappeared? – The Triumph of Hilary Blachland by Bertram Mitford
  17. The important thing now is that he shall make a good husband, and that, since he is unsuited for great things, he may be fit for smaller ones- for domestic life, and to make Pepita happy, whose only fault, after all, is to have fallen madly in love with him, with all the ingenuousness and violence of an untamed creature." – Pepita Ximenez by Juan Valera