[ dih-sim-yuh-leyt ]
/ dɪˈsɪm yəˌleɪt /
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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.



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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

OTHER WORDS FROM dissimulate

dis·sim·u·la·tive, adjectivedis·sim·u·la·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dissimulate

/ (dɪˈsɪmjʊˌleɪt) /


to conceal (one's real feelings) by pretence

Derived forms of dissimulate

dissimulation, noundissimulative, adjectivedissimulator, noun
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