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What is the difference between dissemble and disassemble?
Disassemble means 'to take something apart'. You can see that the word can be split into a prefix dis- and the root assemble. An example is: She disassembled the Lego creation. Dissemble means 'to alter or change the appearance of in order to deceive or conceal; to misrepresent or pretend'. This word's etymology is trickier: it may be a form of dissimule, which means 'to alter the semblance of in order to deceive or conceal'. So, the breakdown of dissemble is dis- and the root semble, or 'appear, seem'. An example of this word is: We witnessed the dissembled persecution of good citizens.