Dissembling
Dissemble Dis*sem"ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dissembled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dissembling}.] [OF. dissembler to be dissimilar; pref. dis- (L. dis-) + F. sembler to seem, L. simulare to simulate; cf. L. dissimulare to dissemble. See {Simulate}, and cf. {Dissimulate}.] 1. To hide under a false semblance or seeming; to feign (something) not to be what it really is; to put an untrue appearance upon; to disguise; to mask. [1913 Webster]

Dissemble all your griefs and discontents. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love, But -- why did you kick me down stairs? --J. P. Kemble. [1913 Webster]

2. To put on the semblance of; to make pretense of; to simulate; to feign. [1913 Webster]

He soon dissembled a sleep. --Tatler.

Syn: To conceal; disguise; cloak; cover; equivocate. See {Conceal}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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