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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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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.
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".
Psychological dissemblance can occur in African-on-African interaction, but when the dissimulation takes place in the Eurasian's presence the presumed underlying drive state may be strongest.
Darlene Clark Hine's now classic essay, "Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women: Thoughts on the Culture of Dissemblance," is but one example of scholarship in black studies in the early 1990s that initiated a conversation about sexuality at a time when the topic was still taboo.
Face a la dissemblance des positions des uns et des autres, les deux parties se sont donne un delai de 1 mois pour mener les reflexions necessaires.
Bush's national security adviser and later as secretary of state was marked by deception, dissemblance and incompetence.
Central to such psychic self-preservation is a strategy of ambiguity, dissemblance, and porosity.
Yet the advance of culture and the development of human needs and talents have been accompanied by increasing moral corruption, producing such particular evils as luxury, dissemblance, inequality, and disdain for virtue.
An additional catalyst for General Motors was Georges Didi-Huberman's book Fra Angelico: Dissemblance and Figuration, recommended to Davis by Steven Bambury.
Beginning the Midwest section is a particularly important chapter by Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, who conducts an analysis of black responses to the mob execution of Samuel Bush in Decatur, Illinois, in 1893, a case that allows the author to question scholarly conceptions of black, subaltern resistance as "any response by African Americans, especially deference and dissemblance," a conception that "ultimately undermine[s] the concept's heuristic value" (p.
It is important to note that Fanlin has made at least some step towards a real relationship with Bori by allowing the bird into his studio, but one must also realize that the language of this scene and its ultimate dissemblance show that Fanlin is unwilling for this moment to exist on anything other than his own terms.