Simple Definition of dissemble
: to hide your true feelings, opinions, etc.
Full Definition of dissemble
dissembleddissembling 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 in a sentence
<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>
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 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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