Usage examples for naive

  1. I smiled at the naive innocence of her query. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  2. There is a naive side, I suppose, in all diplomacy; but if my pupils practiced upon me, it was surely with the minimum of grossness. – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  3. But Malcourt let him tell the news in his own way; and he did, imparting it in bits with naive enjoyment, apparently utterly unconscious that he was doing exactly what his superintendent had told him to do. – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers
  4. " But," he said, with a naive mingling of curiosity and timidity, " how can I do that if the signor does not tell me his name?" – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  5. There is something disarming about the naive way in which he records that he became aware that he was the possessor of a certain magnetic influence to which gradually every one in the place, including the old Rector himself, submitted. – The Upton Letters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  6. Dear me- how charmingly naive! – The Metropolis by Upton Sinclair
  7. Such appreciation is to aesthetic criticism as the sentimental to the naive poet in Schiller's famous antithesis. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  8. God, you're so naive. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  9. The idea that all the varied structures in the world, the divergent forms of rocks and minerals and crystals, the innumerable trees and herbs that cover the face of the earth like a mantle, and all the animal host of creatures great and small that dwell on the land or dart through the air or people the waters,- that all these had arisen by natural laws from a primitive unformed material was known to the Greeks, was developed by the Romans, and even received the approval of early Christian Fathers, who wrote long before the idea had been invented that the naive legends of the Old Testament were an authoritative and literal account of the origin of the world. – Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work by P. Chalmers Mitchell
  10. Mona and Geoffrey have gone to their own pretty house, and are happy there as they deserve to be,- Mona proving the most charming of chatelaines, so naive, so gracious, so utterly unaffected, as to win all hearts. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  11. I have once more arrived at a point where retreat is impossible; I must think out my thoughts before becoming once more a naive and confident artist, although I shall be that again, and look forward with pleasure to reaping the richest benefit. – Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt, Volume 1 by Francis Hueffer (translator)
  12. Like the painters and sculptors of Thebes they mixed up in the most naive fashion those graphic processes that we keep carefully apart. – A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1 by Georges Perrot Charles Chipiez
  13. And that was all he could say, with this naive and rude good- day of which he was the bearer; on the subject of the exile he knew no more and perhaps, until she died, Franchita would learn nothing more of that brother, almost non- existing, like a phantom. – Ramuntcho by Pierre Loti
  14. This unwilling and naive admission was published in a pretentious statement, the purpose of which was to cast doubt on my claim. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  15. Even Mrs. Jameson, in her book of " Winter Studies and Summer Rambles," referring to the shop fronts of King Street, pronounces, in a naive English watering- place kind of tone, " that of the apothecary" to be " worthy of Regent Street in its appearance." – Toronto of Old by Henry Scadding
  16. There was happiness in the curve of her red lips, in the softly rounded freshness of her cheek and brow, in the eyes that held dancing lights like stars, and in every gleaming tendril of her wonderful bright hair that burst forth from under the naive little sweeping cap that sat on her head like a crown. – The City of Fire by Grace Livingston Hill
  17. Dostoevski's " House of the Dead" is marked by that naive Russian simplicity that goes not to the reader's head but to his heart. – Essays on Russian Novelists by William Lyon Phelps
  18. Written in English picturesquely colored with Chinese, at once naive and yet full of worldly wisdom, frank and yet discreetly reserved. – A Girl's Student Days and After by Jeannette Marks Commentator: Mary Emma Woolley
  19. Once he had been proud to escort her everywhere, now her complacent assumption that he should do so annoyed him; once he had laughed out heartily at her constant interruption of the old professor, her naive contention that she was never to be for one second ignored; now she only worried him, and made him impatient. – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  20. Particularly from the back, as he retreated, he seemed a harmless fat man, very simple, very naive. – Ronicky Doone by Max Brand