dissimulate

verb
dis·​sim·​u·​late | \ (ˌ)di-ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce dissimulate (audio) \
dissimulated; dissimulating

Definition of dissimulate

transitive verb

: to hide under a false appearance smiled to dissimulate her urgency— Alice Glenday

intransitive verb

: dissemble a politician's ability to dissimulate

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Other Words from dissimulate

dissimulation \ (ˌ)di-​ˌsim-​yə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce dissimulation (audio) \ noun
dissimulator \ (ˈ)di-​ˈsim-​yə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce dissimulator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for dissimulate

Synonyms

dissemble, let on, make out, pretend

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Examples of dissimulate in a Sentence

as an actress she had been trained to dissimulate, so she had no trouble hiding her true feelings offstage as well

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The result is that Republican politicians dissimulate much more, and of course there is no comparable primary competition. Tyler Cowen, Twin Cities, "Tyler Cowen: Marianne Williamson is just what the Democratic Party needs," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of dissimulate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for dissimulate

Middle English, from Latin dissimulatus, past participle of dissimulare, from dis- + simulare to simulate

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