noun (1)
dis·​semblance | \ də̇semblən(t)s \

Definition of dissemblance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lack of resemblance : dissimilitude


noun (2)
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Definition of dissemblance (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or the art of dissembling : dissimulation

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History and Etymology for dissemblance

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle French dessemblance, from dessembler to be unlike (from des- dis- entry 1 + -sembler, as in resembler to resemble) + -ance

Noun (2)

dissemble + -ance

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“Dissemblance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissemblance. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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