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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 of dissemble
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.
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Examples from the Web for undissembled
Historical Examples
  • It suited me admirably in the present state of the practice, and I accepted the invitation with undissembled glee.

    The Vanishing Man R. Austin Freeman
  • Other lands may point with undissembled pride to their polygamy and their cholera, but we reck not.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • It was very profane—an undissembled mockery of a religious procession.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • Isabella measured him with her eyes in undissembled scorn, and Charles was abashed and hung his head.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • Have you not marked how the human heart bowed to the supremacy of his power, in the undissembled homage of deferential horror?

  • What big tears of undissembled pain poured down thine aged cheeks!

  • If so, we need not fear investigation, because nothing can be detected but an honourable, undissembled mind.

  • By his death the kingdom was thrown into deep and undissembled mourning.

  • The women servants regarded him with undissembled admiration.

    Cashel Byron's Profession George Bernard Shaw
  • Their hearts exulted with that joy which is built on the strong foundation of undissembled tenderness.

    Munster Village Mary Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for undissembled

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
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Word Origin and History for undissembled

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.

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