- Dissemble is defined as to hide or be dishonest about your true motives, feelings or beliefs.
An example of dissemble is a person who is pretending to be your friend but who really just wants an invitation to your beach house.
transitive verbdissembled, dissembling
- to conceal under a false appearance; disguise: to dissemble fear by smiling
- Obsolete to pretend to be in a state of; simulate; feign: to dissemble innocence
- Obsolete to pretend not to notice; ignore
Origin of dissembleMiddle English dissemblen ; from Old French dessembler ; from des-, dis- + sembler ; from Classical Latin simulare: see simulate
verbdis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling, dis·sem·bles
Origin of dissembleMiddle English dissemblen, from Old French dessembler, to be different : des-, dis- + sembler, to appear, seem; see semblable.
(third-person singular simple present dissembles, present participle dissembling, simple past and past participle dissembled)
From Latin dissimulare.