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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.

Full Definition of dissemble

dis·sem·bleddis·sem·bling 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

dis·sem·bler play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of dissemble

  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>



Origin 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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