One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Naive or ingenuous.
- ‘He is a naif artist who paints a magical world.’
- ‘The internationally renowned French painter is a master of the naif tradition and one of the most popular artists working today.’
- ‘It is also a thing of beauty, with typography that's clever without being tricksy, saliva-inducing photography and cute little naif drawings.’
- ‘For example, consider a client who has shown interest in naif prints.’
- ‘As for the styles in which the popular works are executed, Castro has seen a move toward abstracts, while Delacroix, by contrast, has seen increased interest in figurative and naif works.’
A naive or ingenuous person.
- ‘It's she who, having abused that privilege to abet terrorist acts, should be under attack by the naifs who have come to her defense.’
- ‘He is younger than even me, but he's hardly a naif about global events.’
- ‘I'd rather hang out with the naifs and unsophisticates, I think, who appreciate the new and unusual, and whose bar for those things hasn't gotten to be ridiculously high.’
- ‘Alas, she seems as much a naif as an innocent.’
- ‘He's no naif, living in a fantasy world, but an adroit political player, using an image of weirdness to protect him.’
- ‘Any innocent product that becomes suddenly genocidal in the hands of a tyrant has been designed by a dangerous naif.’
- ‘What were nothing more than the words of a teenage naif at a press conference soon turned into a media-generated pseudo-duel.’
- ‘When investigators tracked down Tom's parents in California, producers had to rewrite the promotional copy for the show so it wouldn't make them look like such naifs.’
- ‘The naif became the world's most famous exponent of bohemian life and, of course, a star in Parisian gay society.’
- ‘In any case, now a couple weeks later I'm nothing like the commercial real estate naif I was then.’
- ‘But she is no naif, and there is, after all, a journalist to charm.’
- ‘But we who were shocked turn out to be naifs, people who don't understand that the business of art is, well, business.’
- ‘For every person such as TS Eliot, who said ‘it is impossible to regard him as a naif, a wild man, a wild pet for the supercultivated’, there were countless others who thought him plain crazy.’
- ‘Fraser moves convincingly from his zealous naif to more steely operator convincing himself of his mission's objectives.’
- ‘Thus do an insecure, reclusive dictator and an insecure, impulsive foreign affairs naif hold the peace of the world in their hands.’
- ‘She can go from naif to minx in 60 seconds and seduce us at every stage.’
- ‘Most Americans, if they thought about her at all, considered her a naif who had chosen the wrong side and paid, tragically, with her life.’
- ‘And I don't know if this naif is supposed to be a journalism major - but I certainly hope not.’
French (see naive).
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