Simple Definition of dissemble
: to hide your true feelings, opinions, etc.
Full Definition of dissemble
dis·sem·bleddis·sem·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to hide under a false appearance
2 : to put on the appearance of : simulate
: to put on a false appearance : conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense
Examples of dissemble
<he dissembled happiness at the news that his old girlfriend was getting married—to someone else>
<children learn to dissemble at a surprisingly early age>
Origin of dissemble
Middle English dissymblen, alteration of dissimulen, from Middle French dissimuler, from Latin dissimulare — more at dissimulate
First Known Use: 15th century
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