verb (used with object), dis·sim·u·lat·ed, dis·sim·u·lat·ing.
to disguise or conceal under a false appearance; dissemble: to dissimulate one's true feelings about a rival.
verb (used without object), dis·sim·u·lat·ed, dis·sim·u·lat·ing.
to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
Origin of dissimulate
Related formsdis·sim·u·la·tive, adjectivedis·sim·u·la·tor, noun
First recorded in 1525–35, dissimulate
is from the Latin
(past participle of dissimulāre
to feign). See dis-1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for dissimulatefeign
Examples from the Web for dissimulate
Historical Examples of dissimulate
The patriots could not dissimulate the impression they made.
To dissimulate my own share in it, at any rate, I asked him how his mother might be.
Since hearing Marta's story he found it hard to dissimulate with Krell.
Yet each glance said the same, that it was wise to dissimulate and take no offense.
He fronted her, with a quickness he tried to dissimulate, from the other side.
British Dictionary definitions for dissimulate
Derived Formsdissimulation, noundissimulative, adjectivedissimulator, noun
to conceal (one's real feelings) by pretence
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Word Origin and History for dissimulate
1530s, from Latin dissimulatus, past participle of dissimulare "to disguise, hide, conceal, keep secret," from dis- (see dis-) + simulare (see simulate). Related: Dissimulated; dissimulating.
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