- 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 dissemble
It took German soldiers just 36 hours and 27 crates to dissemble the entire chamber and ship it to a castle in Königsberg.The Biggest Art Heist of WWII is Still Unsolved
October 15, 2014
Instead of too big to fail, they embrace the unfettered right to cheat and dissemble.We Need a New Ross Perot
April 23, 2010
But it apparently made it easier for Pentagon officials to dissemble about them.The Bogus Torture Coverup
May 29, 2009
She had meant to wait; but, with his keen eyes on her, she could not dissemble.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
It was hard to dissemble still, to tempt him to say something that would madden me!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
They consult, when they know not how to dissemble; they determine, when they cannot mistake.Tacitus on Germany
To dissemble this he had availed himself of the fact that Figaro was a Spaniard.
The contempt he did not trouble to dissemble served but to goad them on.
- to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
- (tr) to pretend; simulate
- obsolete to ignore
Word Origin and History for dissemble
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.