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    1. It was Saul, looking up with mouth open and his ingenuous face totally blank, not unusually for him

    2. with their becoming and ingenuous mien, smiled on them, and calling them near, said: 4 O youths, with favourable feelings, I admire

    3. 3 Whom when the tyrant beheld encircling their mother as in a dance he was pleased at them; and being struck with their becoming and ingenuous mien smiled on them and calling them near said: 4 O youths with favourable feelings I admire the beauty of each of you; and greatly honouring so numerous a band of brethren I not only counsel you not to share the madness of the old man who has been tortured before 5 but I do beg you to yield and to enjoy my friendship; for I possess the power not only of punishing those who disobey my commands but of doing good to those who obey them

    4. “How ingenuous! Why didn't we think of that?

    5. Terror of an infinite infliction generates selfish views of sin, and selfish views of the evil of sin are in common minds a hindrance to ingenuous repentance

    6. Against a representation of Christ’s mission so fruitful as this, so conformable to the facts of man's condition, an ingenuous skepticism will have little to allege

    7. by peals of laughter, and my ingenuous way of relating matters did not a

    8. " As Dantes spoke, Villefort gazed at his ingenuous and open countenance, and recollected the words of Renee, who, without knowing who the culprit was, had besought his indulgence for him

    9. "If shame could cure me of my drowsiness, I should never close an eye again," said the uneasy youth, gazing at the ingenuous countenance of Alice, where, however, in its sweet solicitude, he read nothing to confirm his half-awakened suspicion

    10. He was, however, anticipated by the voice of the ingenuous and youthful Alice

    11. The representative of the bear had certainly been an entire stranger to the delicious emotions of the lover while his arms encircled his mistress; and he was, perhaps, a stranger also to the nature of that feeling of ingenuous shame that oppressed the trembling Alice

    12. "At our wedding, ingenuous child!

    13. He was quite aware of this; indeed in some respects he was rather afraid of this ingenuous wife, whose imitative piety and native worldliness were equally sincere, who had nothing to be ashamed of, and whom he had married out of a thorough inclination still subsisting

    14. Ingenuous and truthful, she followed her angelic nature without mistrusting her impressions or her feelings

    15. The ingenuous police of the Restoration beheld the populace of Paris in too "rose-colored" a light; it is not so much of "an amiable rabble" as it is thought

    16. Madeleine with a look in which there was neither rancor, anger, nor distrust; he halted a few paces in the rear of the mayor's arm-chair, and there he stood, perfectly erect, in an attitude almost of discipline, with the cold, ingenuous roughness of a man who has never been gentle and who has always been patient; he waited without uttering a word, without making a movement, in genuine humility and tranquil resignation, calm, serious, hat in hand, with eyes cast down, and an expression which was half-way between that of a soldier in the presence of his officer and a criminal in the presence of his judge, until it should please the mayor to turn round

    17. The person whom he now beheld was a tall and beautiful creature, possessed of all the most charming lines of a woman at the precise moment when they are still combined with all the most ingenuous graces of the child; a pure and fugitive moment, which can be expressed only by these two words,— "fifteen years

    18. What he had just seen was no longer the ingenuous and simple eye of a child; it was a mysterious gulf which had half opened, then abruptly closed again

    19. There exist ingenuous bourgeois, of whom it might be said, that they have a "stealable" air

    20. But what she had lost in ingenuous grace, she gained in pensive and serious charm

    21. The two children gazed with timid and stupefied respect on this intrepid and ingenious being, a vagabond like themselves, isolated like themselves, frail like themselves, who had something admirable and all-powerful about him, who seemed supernatural to them, and whose physiognomy was composed of all the grimaces of an old mountebank, mingled with the most ingenuous and charming smiles

    22. This ingenuous little soldier, yesterday a peasant of Bauce or Limousin, who prowls with his clasp-knife by his side, around the children's nurses in the Luxembourg garden, this pale young student bent over a piece of anatomy or a book, a blond youth who shaves his beard with scissors,—take both of them, breathe upon them with a breath of duty, place them face to face in the Carrefour Boucherat or in the blind alley Planche-Mibray, and let the one fight for his flag, and the other for his ideal, and let both of them imagine that they are fighting for their country; the struggle will be colossal; and the

    23. What melancholy sport of Providence was that which had placed that child in contact with that man? Are there then chains for two which are forged on high? and does God take pleasure in coupling the angel with the demon? So a crime and an innocence can be room-mates in the mysterious galleys of wretchedness? In that defiling of condemned persons which is called human destiny, can two brows pass side by side, the one ingenuous, the other formidable, the one all bathed in the divine whiteness of dawn, the other forever blemished by the

    24. handed; innocent of the pride of wealth; ingenuous; sufficiently intelligent; gay, lively, and unthinking: she was very charming, in short, even to a cool observer of her own sex like me; but she was not profoundly interesting or thoroughly impressive

    25. Ofelia did not soften them: she was certain that Florentino Ariza, whose reputation as a pervert was known to everyone, was carrying on an equivocal relationship that did more harm to the family’s good name than the villainies of Lorenzo Daza or the ingenuous adventures of Juvenal Urbino

    26. The lids drew down over the ingenuous eyes of Tim

    27. You have a ' but' ? " " Yes, of course there is a ' but ; Versilov's action, to my mind, is a little too hasty, and not quite ingenuous," said Vassin with a smile

    28. When I said of this Moscow lady that " she was as handsome as you" I was not quite ingenuous

    29. Though to laugh at Mitya to his face was rather a risky proceeding, there was much laughter behind his back, especially in the tavern, at his own ingenuous public avowal that all he had got out of Grushenka by this “escapade” was “permission to kiss her foot, and that was the utmost she had allowed him

    30. The ingenuous joy which Baklouchin manifested in speaking of the undertaking was quite touching

    31. There was a look of such frank, naïve surprise in it, such ingenuous astonishment that I could not help asking myself if there was not some lurking irony in the man, just a little spiteful mockery

    32. “Why, no, it is hardly the same,” remarked Gavrila Ardalionovitch, with an air of ingenuous surprise

    33. To get into relations Semyon Ivanovitch always had in reserve his peculiar, rather sly, and very ingenuous manœuvre, of which the reader has learned something already

    34. Thus one hears often the ingenuous complaints of those in government that the best men among us, strangely enough as it seems to them, are always found among those opposed to them

    35. And, moreover, according to the ingenuous confession of the founder of Darwin’s theory himself, his idea was aroused in him by the law of Malthus; and he therefore propounded the theory of the struggle of living creatures and people for existence, as the fundamental law of every living thing

    36. Grundy,) "to debate this subject now, if it was to be debated at all," more as the impulse of an ingenuous mind, preferring, on all occasions, an open course, than the dictates of prudence or necessity

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    Synonyms for "ingenuous"

    artless ingenuous innocent believing candid spontaneous guileless instinctive

    "ingenuous" definitions

    characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious

    lacking in sophistication or worldliness