Usage examples for naivete

  1. The reports these pioneers brought back of the naivete politeness, and gullibility of the natives, and the cheapness of existence in their cities, caused a general exodus from the western to the eastern hemisphere. – Worldly Ways and Byways by Eliot Gregory
  2. She nodded, adding with the same cold naivete It ain't much!" – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  3. She paused before she answered, with the naivete of a child six years old,- I see now why I mastered Blanche, who will not make friends with any one else: I love Blanche. – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  4. With the gaiety and naivete of the Frenchwoman, Catharine possessed, when occasion called it into action, a thoughtful and well- regulated mind, abilities which would well have repaid the care of mental cultivation; but of book- learning she knew nothing beyond a little reading, and that but imperfectly, acquired from her father's teaching. – Lost in the Backwoods by Catherine Parr Traill
  5. When he returned, he brought with him a native of China, whom he took one evening to a ball in London, where the foreigner from Shanghai, or Pekin, inquired with much naivete as to the amount of money which his host had given to the dancers for their evening's performance, and was persuaded with difficulty that their exertions were entirely gratuitous. – Charles Lamb by Barry Cornwall
  6. But her letters ended always with the naivete of a child. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  7. But we are specially his debtor for adventures on our own continent, narrated with naivete and vigor by a pen as direct and clear- cutting as the sword with which he shaved off the heads of the Turks, and for one of the few romances that illumine our early history. – Captain John Smith by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  8. That naivete made the king laugh heartily, and he asked her whether she would like to remain in Versailles. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  9. They took their rides together openly and without concealment, relating their adventures afterwards to Aunt Viney with a naivete and frankness that dreamed of no suppression. – The Bell-Ringer of Angel's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  10. " I am sure I wish you were," said Evelyn, with great naivete you would suit Lord Vargrave better than I should." – Alice, or The Mysteries, Book I by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  11. Many priests are thus capable of a naivete which, on careful analysis, is often in the right. – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  12. " 'T is an impossibility," responded the man, earnestly, though he was unable to keep from slightly smiling at the unconscious naivete of the question. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  13. And the princess' naivete played into the hands of the Widow's malice. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  14. It was impossible to resist this invincible naivete – Sally Dows and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  15. The list of rivers would be read for the islands, and the islands for the rivers, quite indifferently, and with entertaining naivete – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  16. He presently confided to me, with infinite naivete and ingenuousness, that, judging from my personal appearance, he should not have thought me the writer that he in his generosity reckoned me to be. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  17. Her naivete her simplicity, her ignorance of social conventions and of the worldly wisdom which to Mrs. Mavick was the sum of all knowledge misled her mother as to her power of discernment and her strength of character. – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  18. " Ah, commandant," she cried, with all the naivete of passion, " he was not accountable for that; he was deceived by a bad woman, Charette's mistress, who would, I do believe, drink the blood of the Blues." – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac
  19. Far from attempting to hide or ignore the struggle by which she and her husband had attained their present position, she referred with the utmost naivete to incidents in her career, while the whole table paused to listen. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  20. Rouletabille saw all around him great children who amused themselves with unbelievable naivete and who drank in a fashion more unbelievable still. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux