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  • noun Plural form of naivete.

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Examples

  • Hence the never-ending disappointment of the naivetes as the candidates constantly stab their constituents in the back and then the same abusive relationship perpetuates itself through both the disingenuous acts of the Democratic politicians and the insane rationalizations of the Democratic faithful.

    Can We Talk Strategy-- Even if it includes thinking about Right Wing Candidates

  • In the expression of Nikolay Vsyevolodovitch's face, which was contemptuously composed, and even ironical, in spite of his visitor's obvious desire to irritate him by the insolence of his premeditated and intentionally coarse naivetes, there was, at last,

    The Possessed

  • Menage tells it as a pleasantry of M. d'Uzes; but M. de la Monnoye says, that this duke was remarkable for naivetes and blunders, and was a kind of butt, to whom the wits of the court used to attribute all manner of absurdities.

    Life of Johnson

  • -- But to repeat it once more, there are higher problems than the problems of pleasure and pain and sympathy; and all systems of philosophy which deal only with these are naivetes.

    Beyond Good and Evil

  • Whether it be hedonism, pessimism, utilitarianism, or eudaemonism, all those modes of thinking which measure the worth of things according to PLEASURE and PAIN, that is, according to accompanying circumstances and secondary considerations, are plausible modes of thought and naivetes, which every one conscious of CREATIVE powers and an artist's conscience will look down upon with scorn, though not without sympathy.

    Beyond Good and Evil

  • Sara was only thirteen, but she was extremely precocious, dark complexioned, and full of wit; she was continually uttering naivetes, of which she understood the whole force, although looking at her face one would have thought her perfectly innocent.

    The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Madame du Bousquier was then enlightened on the various deceptions of her marriage; and as she was still the same simpleton she had always been, she amused her advisers by delightful naivetes.

    An Old Maid

  • Madame du Bousquier was then enlightened on the various deceptions of her marriage; and as she was still the same simpleton she had always been, she amused her advisers by delightful naivetes.

    The Jealousies of a Country Town

  • Sara was only thirteen, but she was extremely precocious, dark complexioned, and full of wit; she was continually uttering naivetes, of which she understood the whole force, although looking at her face one would have thought her perfectly innocent.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • Sara was only thirteen, but she was extremely precocious, dark complexioned, and full of wit; she was continually uttering naivetes, of which she understood the whole force, although looking at her face one would have thought her perfectly innocent.

    Memoirs of Casanova — Volume 14: Switzerland

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