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verb (used with object), dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling.
  1. to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one's incompetence in business.
  2. to put on the appearance of; feign: to dissemble innocence.
  3. Obsolete. to let pass unnoticed; ignore.
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verb (used without object), dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling.
  1. to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
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Origin of dissemble

1490–1500; alteration (by association with obsolete semble to resemble) of Middle English dissimulen < Latin dissimulāre. See dis-1, simulate
Related formsdis·sem·bler, noundis·sem·bling·ly, adverbun·dis·sem·bled, adjectiveun·dis·sem·bling, adjectiveun·dis·sem·bling·ly, adverbwell-dis·sem·bled, adjective
Can be confuseddisassemble dissemble

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Related Words for undissembled

fair, impartial, sincere, free, transparent, candid, receptive, real, genuine, heartfelt, outspoken, trustworthy, earnest, serious, forthright, true, unequivocal, truthful, unadorned, straightforward

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Historical Examples of undissembled

  • It was very profane—an undissembled mockery of a religious procession.

    Romantic Spain

    John Augustus O'Shea

  • Other lands may point with undissembled pride to their polygamy and their cholera, but we reck not.


    Bill Nye

  • The women servants regarded him with undissembled admiration.

    Cashel Byron's Profession

    George Bernard Shaw

  • Isabella measured him with her eyes in undissembled scorn, and Charles was abashed and hung his head.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

  • If so, we need not fear investigation, because nothing can be detected but an honourable, undissembled mind.

British Dictionary definitions for undissembled


  1. to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
  2. (tr) to pretend; simulate
  3. obsolete to ignore
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Derived Formsdissemblance, noundissembler, noundissembling, noun, adjectivedissemblingly, adverb

Word Origin for dissemble

C15: from earlier dissimulen, from Latin dissimulāre; probably influenced by obsolete semble to resemble
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Word Origin and History for undissembled



early 15c. (implied in dissemblable), apparently a variant of Middle English dissimule (influenced by Middle French dessembler or English resemble), late 14c., from Old French dissimuler, from Latin dissimulare (see dissimulation). Related: Dissembled; dissembling.

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