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dissemble

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verb dis·sem·ble \di-ˈsem-bəl\

Simple Definition of dissemble

  • : to hide your true feelings, opinions, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dissemble

dissembled

dissembling

play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hide under a false appearance

  3. 2 :  to put on the appearance of :  simulate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to put on a false appearance :  conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense

dissembler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of dissemble in a sentence

  1. <he dissembled happiness at the news that his old girlfriend was getting married—to someone else>

  2. <children learn to dissemble at a surprisingly early age>



Did You Know?

We don't have anything to hide: "dissemble" is a synonym of "disguise," "cloak," and "mask." "Disguise" implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity. "Cloak" suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention. "Mask" suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something. "Dissemble" (from Latin dissimulare, meaning "to hide or conceal") stresses the intent to deceive, especially about one's own thoughts or feelings, and often implies that the deception is something that would warrant censure if discovered.

Origin and Etymology of dissemble

Middle English dissymblen, alteration of dissimulen, from Middle French dissimuler, from Latin dissimulare — more at dissimulate


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with dissemble



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