dissemble

  • 1 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 dissemble — [di sem′bəl] vt. dissembled, dissembling [ME dissemblen < OFr dessembler < des , DIS + sembler < L simulare: see SIMULATE] 1. to conceal under a false appearance; disguise [to dissemble fear by smiling] 2. Obs. to pretend to be in a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 dissemble — means ‘to pretend; to disguise or conceal’. • One of nature s innocents. He couldn t dissemble if he tried P. O Donnell, 1971. It should not be used to mean ‘to take apart’ as if it were a shorter form of disassemble …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 Dissemble — Dis*sem ble, v. i. To conceal the real fact, motives, intention, or sentiments, under some pretense; to assume a false appearance; to act the hypocrite. [1913 Webster] He that hateth dissembleth with his lips. Prov. xxvi. 24. [1913 Webster] He… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 dissemble — index assume (simulate), camouflage, cheat, cloak, deceive, delude, disguise, distort …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 dissemble — early 15c. (implied in dissemblable), apparently a variant of M.E. dissimule (influenced by M.Fr. dessembler or English resemble), late 14c., from O.Fr. dissimuler, from L. dissimulare (see DISSIMULATION (Cf. dissimulation)). Related: Dissembled; …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 dissemble — mask, cloak, *disguise, camouflage Analogous words: simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham, pretend, *assume, affect Antonyms: betray Contrasted words: *reveal, disclose, discover: *show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 dissemble — [v] disguise, pretend affect, camouflage, cloak, conceal, counterfeit, cover, cover up, dissimulate, doublespeak*, double talk*, dress up, fake, falsify, feign, four flush*, hide, let on*, make like*, mask, pass, play possum*, pussyfoot*, put on… …

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 dissemble — dissembler, n. dissemblingly, adv. /di sem beuhl/, v., dissembled, dissembling. v.t. 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; …

    Universalium

  • 11 dissemble — [[t]dɪse̱mb(ə)l[/t]] dissembles, dissembling, dissembled VERB When people dissemble, they hide their real intentions or emotions. [LITERARY] Henry was not slow to dissemble when it served his purposes. [Also V n] …

    English dictionary

  • 12 dissemble — UK [dɪˈsemb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms dissemble : present tense I/you/we/they dissemble he/she/it dissembles present participle dissembling past tense dissembled past participle dissembled literary to hide your real… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 dissemble — See dissemble, disassemble …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 14 dissemble — [c]/dəˈsɛmbəl / (say duh sembuhl) verb (dissembled, dissembling) –verb (t) 1. to give a false semblance to; conceal the real nature of: *I manage to dissemble my hostility and to tell him as little as possible. –dal stivens, 1986. 2. to put on… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 dissemble — verb (dissembled; dissembling) Etymology: Middle English dissymblen, alteration of dissimulen, from Middle French dissimuler, from Latin dissimulare more at dissimulate Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to hide under a false appearance …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 dissemble — verb /dɪˈsɛmbl/ a) To disguise or conceal something; to feign. b) To deliberately ignore something; to pretend not to notice …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 dissemble — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. pretend, feign, dissimulate; camouflage, conceal. See concealment, falsehood. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To disguise] Syn. mask, cover, camouflage; see disguise , hide 1 . 2. [To behave hypocritically]… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 dissemble — dis|sem|ble [dıˈsembəl] v [I and T] literary [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: dissimule to hide your feelings (14 17 centuries), from Latin dissimulare; DISSIMULATE] to hide your true feelings, thoughts etc …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 dissemble — dis|sem|ble [ dı sembl ] verb intransitive or transitive LITERARY to hide your real thoughts, feelings, or intentions: DISSIMULATE …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 dissemble — see SIMILAR …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins