dissemble

[dih-sem-buhl]
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; alteration (by association with obsolete semble to resemble) of Middle English dissimulen < Latin dissimulāre. See dis-1, simulate

dissembler, noun
dissemblingly, adverb
undissembled, adjective
undissembling, adjective
undissemblingly, adverb
well-dissembled, adjective

disassemble, dissemble.


1. mask, hide, camouflage, dissimulate.
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dissemble (dɪˈsɛmbəl)
 
vb
1.  to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
2.  (tr) to pretend; simulate
3.  obsolete to ignore
 
[C15: from earlier dissimulen, from Latin dissimulāre; probably influenced by obsolete semble to resemble]
 
dis'semblance
 
n
 
dis'sembler
 
n
 
dis'sembling
 
n, —adj
 
dis'semblingly
 
adv

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dissemble
early 15c. (implied in dissemblable), apparently a variant of M.E. dissimule (infl. by M.Fr. dessembler or Eng. resemble), from O.Fr. dissimuler, from L. dissimulare (see dissimulation). Related: Dissembled; dissembler; dissembling.
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Example sentences
But it's not like setting the world on fire; I don't see any point in
  dissembling about that.
Our gift for dissembling has enabled societies to survive and thrive.
Laden with phrases like "disingenuous dissembling," they left
  Minnesota audiences awed but unmoved.
Shortly afterward he made his first attempt at dissembling.
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