dissemble


dis·sem·ble

verb \di-ˈsem-bəl\

: to hide your true feelings, opinions, etc.

dis·sem·bleddis·sem·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of DISSEMBLE

transitive verb
1
:  to hide under a false appearance
2
:  to put on the appearance of :  simulate
intransitive verb
:  to put on a false appearance :  conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense
dis·sem·bler \-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

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