Ingenuous to Inhabit

(In*gen"u*ous) a. [L. ingenuus inborn, innate, freeborn, noble, frank; pref. in- in + the root of gignere to beget. See Genius, and cf. Ingenious.]

1. Of honorable extraction; freeborn; noble; as, ingenuous blood of birth.

2. Noble; generous; magnanimous; honorable; upright; high-minded; as, an ingenuous ardor or zeal.

If an ingenuous detestation of falsehood be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty.

3. Free from reserve, disguise, equivocation, or dissimulation; open; frank; as, an ingenuous man; an ingenuous declaration, confession, etc.

Sensible in myself . . . what a burden it is for me, who would be ingenuous, to be loaded with courtesies which he hath not the least hope to requite or deserve.

4. Ingenious. [Obs.] Shak.

(Formerly) printers did not discriminate between . . . ingenuous and ingenious, and these words were used or rather printed interchangeably almost to the beginning of the eighteenth century. G. P. Marsh.

Syn. — Open; frank; unreserved; artless; plain; sincere; candid; fair; noble; generous. — Ingenuous, Open, Frank. One who is open speaks out at once what is uppermost in his mind; one who is frank does it from a natural boldness, or dislike of self-restraint; one who is ingenuous is actuated by a native simplicity and artlessness, which make him willing to confess faults, and make known his sentiments without reserve. See Candid.

(In*gen"u*ous*ly), adv. In an ingenuous manner; openly; fairly; candidly; artlessly.

Being required to explain himself, he ingenuously confessed.

(In*gen"u*ous*ness), n.

1. The state or quality of being ingenuous; openness of heart; frankness.

2. Ingenuity. [Obs.] Fuller.

(In"ge*ny) n. [L. ingenium. See Ingenious.] Natural gift or talent; ability; wit; ingenuity. [Obs.] [Written also ingenie.] Becon.

(In*ger"mi*nate) v. t. To cause to germinate.

(In*gest") v. t. [L. ingenium, p. p. of ingerere to put in; pref. in- in + gerere to bear.] To take into, or as into, the stomach or alimentary canal. Sir T. Browne.

(||In*ges"ta) n. pl. [NL. See Ingest.] (Physiol.) That which is introduced into the body by the stomach or alimentary canal; — opposed to egesta.

(In*ges"tion) n. [L. ingestio: cf. F. ingestion.] (Physiol.) The act of taking or putting into the stomach; as, the ingestion of milk or other food.

(||In*ghal"la) n. (Zoöl.) The reedbuck of South Africa. [Written also ingali.]

(In*girt") v. t. [See Ingirt.] To encircle; to gird; to engirt.

The wreath is ivy that ingirts our beams.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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