Make Your Editor Cry: Ingenious vs. Ingenuous

Make Your Editor Cry: Ingenious vs. Ingenuous

Something ingenious shows intellectual creativity, cleverness, and inventiveness. If someone compares you to Albert Einstein, he is implying that you, too, are ingenious.

Someone who is ingenuous shows a childlike innocence, trust, and openness. One of the things kindergarten teachers value is the chance to work with kids while they’re still relatively ingenuous because their open, trusting natures are a joy. Ingenuous means innocent, artless, simple. It could be a compliment or an insult, but it does not somehow mean intellectually clever or creative.

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