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dissimulate

[dih-sim-yuh-leyt] /dɪˈsɪm yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), dissimulated, dissimulating.
1.
to disguise or conceal under a false appearance; dissemble:
to dissimulate one's true feelings about a rival.
verb (used without object), dissimulated, dissimulating.
2.
to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
Origin of dissimulate
1525-1535
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
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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

dissimulate

/dɪˈsɪmjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
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
v.

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

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