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dissemble

[ dih-sem-buhl ]
/ d瑟藞s蓻m b蓹l /
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verb (used with object), dis路sem路bled, dis路sem路bling.
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.
verb (used without object), dis路sem路bled, dis路sem路bling.
to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
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Origin of dissemble

First recorded in 1490鈥1500; late Middle English dissemile, dissimill, alteration (by association with obsolete semblen, sembel 鈥渢o bear a resemblance, appear to be鈥) of Middle English dissimulen 鈥渢o assume a false appearance, be insincere,鈥 from Old French dessembler, dissembler 鈥渢o be unlike,鈥 from Latin dissimul膩re 鈥渢o conceal the identity of, disguise鈥; see origin at dis-1, resemble, simulate

OTHER WORDS FROM dissemble

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dissemble

disassemble, dissemble
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British Dictionary definitions for dissemble

dissemble
/ (d瑟藞s蓻mbl) /

verb
to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
(tr) to pretend; simulate
obsolete to ignore

Derived forms of dissemble

dissemblance, noundissembler, noundissembling, noun, adjectivedissemblingly, adverb

Word Origin for dissemble

C15: from earlier dissimulen, from Latin dissimul膩re; probably influenced by obsolete semble to resemble
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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