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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.]
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]
disˈsembling n, adj
v. -bled, -bling. v.t.
1. to give a false or misleading appearance to.
2. to put on the appearance of; feign.v.i.
3. to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically.
[1490–1500; alter. (by association with obsolete semble to resemble) of Middle English dissimulen < Latin dissimulāre. See dis-1, simulate]
Past participle: dissembled
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|Verb||1.||dissemble - make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"|
make believe, pretend, make - represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress"
play possum - to pretend to be dead
take a dive - pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer
bullshit, talk through one's hat, bull, fake - speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"
mouth - articulate silently; form words with the lips only; "She mouthed a swear word"
|2.||dissemble - hide under a false appearance; "He masked his disappointment"|
|3.||dissemble - behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"|
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
1. To change or modify so as to prevent recognition of the true identity or character of: