Dissembler Dis*sem"bler, n. One who dissembles; one who conceals his opinions or dispositions under a false appearance; a hypocrite. [1913 Webster]

It is the weakest sort of politicians that are the greatest dissemblers. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here. --Pope.

Syn: {Dissembler}, {Hypocrite}.

Usage: A person is called a dissembler with reference to his concealment of his real character, and a hypocrite with reference to his assumption of a false character. But hypocrite is the stronger word, being commonly used to characterize a person who is habitually insincere and false, especially one who makes professions of goodness when his aims are selfish and his life corrupt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • dissembler — 1520s, agent noun from DISSEMBLE (Cf. dissemble) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dissembler —    A highly literary word, rather than one which occurs in relaxed conversation. A dissembler is one who hides his true motives or emotions. She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith, has George Hastings calling Constance ‘thou dear dissembler’ …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • dissembler — dissemble ► VERB ▪ hide or disguise one s true motives or feelings. DERIVATIVES dissembler noun. ORIGIN Latin dissimulare disguise, conceal …   English terms dictionary

  • dissembler — noun see dissemble …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dissembler — See dissemblance. * * * …   Universalium

  • dissembler — noun someone who dissembles Syn: hypocrite, phoney, pretender …   Wiktionary

  • dissembler — (di ssan blé) v. n. Ne pas ressembler, être dissemblable. •   Rien ne dissemble plus de lui que lui même, DIDEROT le Neveu de Rameau.. HISTORIQUE    XVe s. •   Foulz est vieulz homs qui jeune famme prent.... dissemblés sont en leur marier, EUST.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • dissembler — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. hypocrite, charlatan, deceiver; see hypocrite , impostor …   English dictionary for students

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