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[dih-sim-yuh-leyt] /dɪˈsɪm yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), dissimulated, dissimulating.
to disguise or conceal under a false appearance; dissemble:
to dissimulate one's true feelings about a rival.
verb (used without object), dissimulated, dissimulating.
to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
Origin of dissimulate
First recorded in 1525-35, dissimulate is from the Latin word dissimulātus (past participle of dissimulāre to feign). See dis-1, simulate
Related forms
dissimulative, adjective
dissimulator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dissimulate
Historical Examples
  • The patriots could not dissimulate the impression they made.

  • To dissimulate my own share in it, at any rate, I asked him how his mother might be.

    The Patagonia Henry James
  • Since hearing Marta's story he found it hard to dissimulate with Krell.

    The Sargasso of Space Edmond Hamilton
  • Yet each glance said the same, that it was wise to dissimulate and take no offense.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He fronted her, with a quickness he tried to dissimulate, from the other side.

    The Two Magics Henry James
  • Sartines rose, trying in vain to dissimulate the agitation to which he was a prey.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • Of what use would it be to dissimulate with an enemy so well informed as you pretend to be?

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • The better to dissimulate this beautiful preference, no doubt.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • On the contrary, if you knew better how to dissimulate, I should be less happy.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • So long as I remain here you will dissimulate your fear and will not take any precautions.

    Serge Panine, Complete Georges Ohnet
British Dictionary definitions for dissimulate


to conceal (one's real feelings) by pretence
Derived Forms
dissimulation, noun
dissimulative, adjective
dissimulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for dissimulate

1530s, from Latin dissimulatus, past participle of dissimulare "to disguise, hide, conceal, keep secret," from dis- (see dis-) + simulare (see simulate). Related: Dissimulated; dissimulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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