Dissemble meaning

dĭ-sĕmbəl
To conceal under a false appearance; disguise.

To dissemble fear by smiling.

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To conceal the truth, or one's true feelings, motives, etc., by pretense; behave hypocritically.
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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.

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To disguise or conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.
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To disguise or conceal behind a false appearance.
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(obs.) To pretend to be in a state of; simulate; feign.

To dissemble innocence.

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(obs.) To pretend not to notice; ignore.
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To disguise or conceal something.
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To feign.
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To deliberately ignore something; to pretend not to notice.
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(intransitive) To falsely hide one's opinions or feelings.
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Origin of dissemble

  • Middle English dissemblen from Old French dessembler to be different des- dis- sembler to appear, seem semblable

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dissimulare.

    From Wiktionary