well-dissembled

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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