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[dih-sim-yuh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act of dissimulating; feigning; hypocrisy.
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Origin of dissimulation

1350–1400; Middle English dissimulacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissimulātiōn- (stem of dissimulātiō a feigning); see dis-1, simulation
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Related Words for dissimulation

charade, visor, veil, cloak, camouflage, pretext, semblance, veneer, stratagem, guile, mask, conspiracy, evasion, complicity, fraud, deception, trickery, duplicity, hypocrisy, dishonesty

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Word Origin and History for dissimulation


late 14c., from Old French dissimulation (12c.), from Latin dissimulationem (nominative dissimulatio) "a disguising, concealment," noun of action from past participle stem of dissimulare "make unlike, conceal, disguise," from dis- "completely" + simulare "pretend, assume, simulate" (see simulation).

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dissimulation in Medicine


  1. Concealment of the truth about a situation, especially about a state of health, as by a malingerer.
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