- to disguise or conceal under a false appearance; dissemble: to dissimulate one's true feelings about a rival.
- to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
Origin of dissimulate
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Examples from the Web for dissimulate
The patriots could not dissimulate the impression they made.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
To dissimulate my own share in it, at any rate, I asked him how his mother might be.The Patagonia
Since hearing Marta's story he found it hard to dissimulate with Krell.The Sargasso of Space
Yet each glance said the same, that it was wise to dissimulate and take no offense.The Border Watch
Joseph A. Altsheler
He fronted her, with a quickness he tried to dissimulate, from the other side.The Two Magics
- to conceal (one's real feelings) by pretence
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Word Origin and History for dissimulate
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