Word of the Day Archive
Monday May 30, 2005
dissemble \dih-SEM-buhl\ , transitive verb:
1. To hide under a false appearance; to hide the truth or true nature of.
2. To put on the appearance of; to feign.
1. To conceal the real fact, motives, intention, or sentiments under some pretense; to assume a false appearance; to act the hypocrite.
He was an open, candid personality who did not dissemble his thoughts, and the public respected him as a politician who was unusual in the sincerity of his views
-- Robin Cook, "If John Smith were alive, imagine how different this Labour government would be", Independent, May 7, 2004
However, like that little Mexican boy, I learned to dissemble my anguish and sat as quietly as I could, hoping that no one would notice I did not like the food.
-- "An acquired taste", Manila Bulletin, December 27, 2004
In the years since he joined Today in 1987, Humphrys, 61, has perfected the ability to extract truth from those who aim to dissemble.
-- Tim Luckhurst, "As John Humphrys announces his retirement...", Daily Mail, May 3, 2005
While Raad often combines fact with fiction, his goal is not to trick or dissemble.
-- Janet A. Kaplan, "Flirtations with evidence", Art in America, October 2004
Dissemble is ultimately derived from Latin dissimulare, "to conceal; to disguise," from dis-, intensive prefix + simulare, "to simulate."