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dissimulation

[dih-sim-yuh-ley-shuh n] /dɪˌsɪm yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of dissimulating; feigning; hypocrisy.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English dissimulacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissimulātiōn- (stem of dissimulātiō a feigning); see dis-1, simulation
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Examples for dissimulation
  • Not having it until 1949, it is possible that his publicly stated views about its unimportance were merely dissimulation.
  • For some productions, he has also designed costumes, learning more tricks of proportional dissimulation.
  • All goodness is dissimulation; all kindness deceit.
  • It had certainly taught him none of the arts of dissimulation or led him to cloak his ultimate objective.
  • They may feign symptoms that do not exist (simulation), or intentionally hide symptoms that do (dissimulation).
  • His coldness must be reckoned clearness of head, his dissimulation prudence.
  • But this dissimulation lasted only till the other two were gone.
  • The politeness which I practise every day is largely dissimulation of this kind.
  • Using a language half truthful and half that of dissimulation.
  • The government was at this point pursuing a strategy of dissimulation, denial and stonewalling.
Word Origin and History for dissimulation
n.

late 14c., from Old French dissimulation (12c.), from Latin dissimulationem (nominative dissimulatio) "a disguising, concealment," noun of action from past participle stem of dissimulare "make unlike, conceal, disguise," from dis- "completely" + simulare "pretend, assume, simulate" (see simulation).

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dissimulation in Medicine

dissimulation dis·sim·u·la·tion (dĭ-sĭm'yə-lā'shən)
n.
Concealment of the truth about a situation, especially about a state of health, as by a malingerer.

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