- 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 dissembling
Dissembling her displeasure, she praised the hammer-cloth, and especially the fringe.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
"One does not hinder the other," said the renegade, dissembling.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
The average woman will stick to the safe habit of dissembling.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
I would have noted the suggestive, dissembling, observing unconcern of her companion.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
But that thing of his dissembling was only subject to his perceptibility, not to his will determinate.Moby Dick; or The Whale
- to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
- (tr) to pretend; simulate
- obsolete to ignore
Word Origin and History for dissembling
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.