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[ dih-sem-buhl ]

verb (used with object)

, dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling.
  1. to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of:

    to dissemble one's incompetence in business.

    Synonyms: dissimulate, disguise, camouflage, hide, mask

  2. to put on the appearance of; feign:

    to dissemble innocence.

  3. Obsolete. to let pass unnoticed; ignore.

verb (used without object)

, dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling.
  1. to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.


/ dɪˈsɛmbəl /


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

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Derived Forms

  • disˈsembler, noun
  • disˈsemblingly, adverb
  • disˈsembling, nounadjective
  • disˈsemblance, noun
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Other Words From

  • dis·sem·bler noun
  • dis·sem·bling·ly adverb
  • un·dis·sem·bled adjective
  • un·dis·sem·bling adjective
  • un·dis·sem·bling·ly adverb
  • well-dis·sem·bled adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of dissemble1

First recorded in 1490–1500; late Middle English dissemile, dissimill, alteration (by association with obsolete semblen, sembel “to bear a resemblance, appear to be”) of Middle English dissimulen “to assume a false appearance, be insincere,” from Old French dessembler, dissembler “to be unlike,” from Latin dissimulāre “to conceal the identity of, disguise”; dis- 1, resemble, simulate
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Word History and Origins

Origin of dissemble1

C15: from earlier dissimulen, from Latin dissimulāre; probably influenced by obsolete semble to resemble
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Example Sentences

When Clyde was pressed by reporters on this Thursday, he smirked and dissembled and regarded his questioners with utter contempt, as if he’s entirely untouchable in his ability to rewrite the history of what we all saw with our own eyes.

It took German soldiers just 36 hours and 27 crates to dissemble the entire chamber and ship it to a castle in Königsberg.

Three days into the life of the fledgling country and separatists dissemble on how far advanced they are in state making.

Instead of too big to fail, they embrace the unfettered right to cheat and dissemble.

But it apparently made it easier for Pentagon officials to dissemble about them.

It would not be the same house; we should have to dissemble; I saw myself speaking English the long day through.

The Minister was too old, and too passionate by nature, to hide his feelings; he no longer cared to dissemble them.

It smote him with horror and anger; but he was much too manly to betray these actual sentiments, and continued to dissemble.

It may even be politic to dissemble a little, and pretend we rather enjoy it than otherwise.

Lady Byron, having once conceived a notion of Augustas guilt, would not change her opinion, and was far too honest to dissemble.