- to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one's incompetence in business.
- to put on the appearance of; feign: to dissemble innocence.
- Obsolete. to let pass unnoticed; ignore.
- to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
Origin of dissemble
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Examples from the Web for dissembler
Balboa was something of a dissembler himself on occasion, as you will see.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
He was not a hypocrite, indeed, as to his virtues—a dissembler only in his ambition.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
How are hypocrite and dissembler contrasted with each other?English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
Well, thought I, I must put on the dissembler a little, I see.Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded
At last, as he was no dissembler, he burst out passionately, "Why are you my enemy?"Hard Cash
- to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
- (tr) to pretend; simulate
- obsolete to ignore
Word Origin and History for dissembler
1520s, agent noun from dissemble.
early 15c. (implied in dissemblable), apparently a variant of Middle English dissimule (influenced by Middle French dessembler or English resemble), late 14c., from Old French dissimuler, from Latin dissimulare (see dissimulation). Related: Dissembled; dissembling.