follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

dissemble

[dih-sem-buh l] /dɪˈsɛm bəl/
verb (used with object), dissembled, dissembling.
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.
verb (used without object), dissembled, dissembling.
4.
to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; alteration (by association with obsolete semble to resemble) of Middle English dissimulen < Latin dissimulāre. See dis-1, simulate
Related forms
dissembler, noun
dissemblingly, adverb
undissembled, adjective
undissembling, adjective
undissemblingly, adverb
well-dissembled, adjective
Can be confused
disassemble, dissemble.
Synonyms
1. mask, hide, camouflage, dissimulate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for dissembler
  • She had not been much of a dissembler, until now her loneliness taught her to feign.
  • It was an ordeal, but she was a good actress, a good dissembler.
  • But on the clearest facts of history he is a dissembler and disguiser.
British Dictionary definitions for dissembler

dissemble

/dɪˈsɛmbəl/
verb
1.
to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
2.
(transitive) to pretend; simulate
3.
(obsolete) to ignore
Derived Forms
dissemblance, noun
dissembler, noun
dissembling, noun, adjective
dissemblingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from earlier dissimulen, from Latin dissimulāre; probably influenced by obsolete semble to resemble
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dissembler
n.

1520s, agent noun from dissemble.

dissemble

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dissemble

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dissembler

15
18
Scrabble Words With Friends