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[dih-sem-buh l] /dɪˈsɛm bəl/
verb (used with object), dissembled, dissembling.
to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of:
to dissemble one's incompetence in business.
to put on the appearance of; feign:
to dissemble innocence.
Obsolete. to let pass unnoticed; ignore.
verb (used without object), dissembled, dissembling.
to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
Origin of dissemble
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.
1. mask, hide, camouflage, dissimulate. Unabridged
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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


to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
(transitive) to pretend; simulate
(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



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
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