Definition of dissemble
1 : to hide under a false appearance <dissembling the facts>
2 : to put on the appearance of : simulate <She lay down and dissembled sleep.>
: to put on a false appearance : conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense <He had dissembled about the risks involved.>
dissemblerplay \-b(ə-)lər\ noun
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 and Etymology of dissemble
Middle English dissymblen, alteration of dissimulen, from Medieval French dissimuler, from Latin dissimulare — more at dissimulate
First Known Use: 15th century
DISSEMBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dissemble for English Language Learners
: to hide your true feelings, opinions, etc.
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