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dissimulate

[dih-sim-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), dis·sim·u·lat·ed, dis·sim·u·lat·ing.
  1. to disguise or conceal under a false appearance; dissemble: to dissimulate one's true feelings about a rival.
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verb (used without object), dis·sim·u·lat·ed, dis·sim·u·lat·ing.
  1. to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
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Origin of dissimulate

First recorded in 1525–35, dissimulate is from the Latin word dissimulātus (past participle of dissimulāre to feign). See dis-1, simulate
Related formsdis·sim·u·la·tive, adjectivedis·sim·u·la·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for dissimulate

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Henry James

  • Since hearing Marta's story he found it hard to dissimulate with Krell.

    The Sargasso of Space

    Edmond Hamilton

  • 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

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for dissimulate

dissimulate

verb
  1. to conceal (one's real feelings) by pretence
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Derived Formsdissimulation, noundissimulative, adjectivedissimulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for dissimulate

v.

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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