Dictionary.com

dissemble

[ dih-sem-buhl ]
/ d瑟藞s蓻m b蓹l /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: dissemble / dissembling / dissembler on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
CUDDLE UP! A COZY QUIZ ON FALL WORDS HAS ARRIVED
If autumn is your ideal season, spice up your repertoire of "fall" vocabulary with this quiz on some warm and vivid descriptive words for the season.
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means 鈥渢o make a crackling sound; crackle鈥?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use dissemble in a sentence

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
FEEDBACK