- 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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Related Words for dissemblerbigot, trickster, impostor, phony, crook, charlatan, quack, hypocrite, fraud, actor, deceiver, faker, imitator, fake, snob, dissembler, cheat, decoy, mountebank, informer
Examples from the Web for dissembler
Historical Examples of dissembler
Balboa was something of a dissembler himself on occasion, as you will see.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
He was not a hypocrite, indeed, as to his virtues—a dissembler only in his ambition.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
How are hypocrite and dissembler contrasted with each other?English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
Well, thought I, I must put on the dissembler a little, I see.Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded
At last, as he was no dissembler, he burst out passionately, "Why are you my enemy?"Hard Cash
- to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
- (tr) to pretend; simulate
- obsolete to ignore
Word Origin for dissemble
1520s, agent noun from 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.