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v. dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling, dis·sem·bles
To disguise or conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.
To disguise or conceal behind a false appearance. See Synonyms at disguise.

[Middle English dissemblen, from Old French dessembler, to be different : des-, dis- + sembler, to appear, seem; see semblable.]

dis·sem′blance n.
dis·sem′bler n.
dis·sem′bling·ly adv.


(dɪˈsɛm bləns)

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A display of insincere behavior:
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Asking developing countries to sacrifice their economic growth on the altar of mitigating climate change, whilst countenancing many developed countries - specifically the US itself - in high carbon emissions is a dissemblance that has given rise to much debate in international forums.
Moreover, while ICT opens possibilities for practically continuous interaction with others, it also opens possibilities for dissemblance, for editing how we are present and as whom, and for minimizing conflict by accepting contact only with people with whom we are in substantial agreement about significant issues.
Il s'agit de deux melodies se developpant parallelement de telle sorte que leur dissemblance sollicite l'attention de l'auditeur de par la progression simultanee de differentes 'voix' et non de par la qualite des accords ou des 'instants harmoniques', bien que la relation 'verticale' des deux melodies soit conforme aux lois de l'harmonie.
It is possible that children in this age group have had little exposure to emotional contexts for regulating the facial expressions associated with real emotions; thus, there was low socialization pressure for emotional dissemblance in the children who took part in our study.
But, if paradoxical wisdom balances man into misery, and similes catch at nothing, we should study to learn through imbalance, and dissemblance.
First, the narrator is factually reliable in telling the narratee about his dissemblance and cunning, but is ethically unreliable in taking delight in his immoral behavior, a delight as conveyed by the same words.
Recent work in the social sciences--such as Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden's Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America (2003); Kamesha Spates's What Don't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger: African Americans and Suicide (2014); and my own Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman: Voice and the Embodiment of a Costly Performance (2009)--demonstrate the continued relevance of dissemblance.
These recent books by Black feminist scholars bravely address these issues with the purpose of disrupting the discourse of representation, respectability, and dissemblance within feminist thought, African American studies, and porn studies.
Leur dissemblance n'en est pas plus affermie quand la Cour
When semblance is dissemblance, the fake is real because the real can only appear fake.
Today, many Yemeni Twelvers still dissemble about their adherence to that school, following the doctrine of taqiyya, or religiously permissible dissemblance.
he never gave a straight answer when dissemblance was a plausible alternative".