• WordNet 3.6
    • n ingenue the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
    • n ingenue an artless innocent young girl (especially as portrayed on the stage)
    • n ingenue an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ingénue An ingenuous or naïve girl or young woman, or an actress representing such a person.
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  • Arnold Bennett
    “Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.”
  • George D. Prentice
    George D. Prentice
    “Some people use one half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the other half to avoid paying it.”
  • Gene Brown
    Gene Brown
    “Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.”
  • Bob Richards
    Bob Richards
    “Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fem. of ingénu, ingenious


In literature:

There was a frank, open, ingenuous look in his face that Andy liked.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
Naturally human ingenuity was called into play to protect men against the poisons and the gas mask came into being.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
We have to admire his ingenuity.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
But what think you of Isabel's gallant officer, that resemblance of the noble, ingenuous Evellin.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The garden was large and laid out with subtle ingenuity.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Memorials of them are to be found in many parts of Greece, where they were recorded as far superior to the natives in science and ingenuity.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
His extortions are as boundless in their sum as in their ingenuity.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The old merchant was pleased with Joel's ingenuous manner as well as with his intelligence.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862" by Various
He was famous also for Yankee ingenuity.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
His philosophical judgment kept pace with his ingenuity.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis

In poetry:

The maidens of Turniptopville
Were simple - ingenuous - pure -
And they all worked away with a will
The nobleman's heart to secure.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And as I may, to lighten the long way,
Go singing airs ingenuous and brave,
She'll listen to me graciously, I say,—
And, verily, no other heaven I crave.
"Since Shade Relents" by Paul Verlaine
"I'VE tried it, and can only say
I'm sure you couldn't do it, e-
ven if you practised night and day,
Unless you have a turn that way,
And natural ingenuity.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
In Arcady, grave authors write,
There liv'd a Serpent, the delight,
Of an ingenuous child;
Proud of his kindness, the brave boy.
Fed and caress'd it with a joy,
Heroically mild.
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley
Ingenuous boy, warned by experience, now
The pebble's charms shall tempt thine eyes no more;
Would that my verse, my Cynthio, could bestow
A shield to guard thee against Fancy's power!
"Stanzas to Cynthio" by Amelia Opie
"Non sono io quello che i ridenti canti
"Questa notte vergo`?--Perche` gli incanti
"Soavi, perche` l'estasi
"E l'armonia dei non studiati carmi,
"Come donne, veniano a visitarmi,
"Innamorate e ingenue?
"Anacreonte" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

Lombardi Publishing Corporation's Sasha Cekerevac Reports: America's Ingenuity and Competitive Edge Could Drive Economic Growth Over the Next 10 Years.
Local franchises show community's spirit of ingenuity .
Using Produce Carts and Ingenuity to Make Food Deserts Bloom.
A museum for American ingenuity .
Time again for Indy ingenuity .
The Daredevil Ingenuity of the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Daniel Yergin's The Quest: Human Ingenuity , Passion, the Fall of Caliphatism and the Rise of Prosperity.
Why can't we use a little ingenuity .
Founded in 1998 by Stanford graduate students, Ingenuity Systems is a company that is taking on the challenge of next-generation knowledge management for the life sciences community.
Engagement, ingenuity and service Avenidas acknowledges seniors with 2011 Lifetimes of Achievement Awards.
Some Alaska ingenuity helps make technology work better.
Chilean Rescue Effort Holds Lessons in Spirit, Ingenuity .
Scottsdale employee ingenuity 'racks' up savings.
Hard times, lean budget truly can bring out ingenuity in our leaders.
Creative Ingenuity is the Way to Win.

In science:

The main difference is that we use polynomials instead of arbitrary functions from C3 c (R) , and that more ingenuity is required to estimate the residual terms in the Taylor expansion formula.
A Proof of a Non-Commutative Central Limit Theorem by the Lindeberg Method
Such a dynamic system produce a non trivial time series behind, which records all the infighting and ingenuity of the players trying to out-guess others.
A Prototype Model of Stock Exchange
This is rather an ingenuous way of establishing a physical condition fitting the result of an earlier, and crucial, research work.
The Levy diffusion as an effect of sporadic randomness
While our experimental colleagues are putting a great deal of valuable thought into their instruments and observational strategies, it is currently still done in an informal way, by ingenuity rather than by formal method.
Statistical Challenges of Cosmic Microwave Background Analysis
This research was supported in part by the EU grant MTKD-CT-2004-510126, in partnership with the CERN Physics Department; by the Science and Engineering Research Canada; and by Alberta Ingenuity.
Enhancement of the hadronic b quark decays