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[dih-sim-yuh-ley-shuh n] /dɪˌsɪm yəˈleɪ ʃən/
the act of dissimulating; feigning; hypocrisy.
Origin of dissimulation
1350-1400; Middle English dissimulacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissimulātiōn- (stem of dissimulātiō a feigning); see dis-1, simulation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Extenuation, dissimulation even, would have been a distinct solace.

    Where the Trail Divides Will Lillibridge
  • Even when so young, you were a monster of dissimulation and hypocrisy.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • Even Vivian's powers of dissimulation abandoned him, thus taken by surprise.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was never conscious of the smallest strain, the least dissimulation, in her society.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • Just as before, his declension begins with distrust; and just as before, dissimulation is the product of the distrustful spirit.

  • And why should your majesty suspect me of dissimulation, I ask?

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Tagiya (dissimulation regarding one's religion) was allowed and practiced.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • Her dissimulation, he was obliged to perceive, had been infernally deep.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • They have involved me in a course of dissimulation and falsehood towards my family, which I cannot bear.

Word Origin and History for dissimulation

late 14c., from Old French dissimulation (12c.), from Latin dissimulationem (nominative dissimulatio) "a disguising, concealment," noun of action from past participle stem of dissimulare "make unlike, conceal, disguise," from dis- "completely" + simulare "pretend, assume, simulate" (see simulation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dissimulation in Medicine

dissimulation dis·sim·u·la·tion (dĭ-sĭm'yə-lā'shən)
Concealment of the truth about a situation, especially about a state of health, as by a malingerer.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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