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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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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.

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