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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissembler - a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motivesdissembler - a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
charmer, smoothie, smoothy, sweet talker - someone with an assured and ingratiating manner
Tartufe, Tartuffe - a hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)
whited sepulcher, whited sepulchre - a person who is inwardly evil but outwardly professes to be virtuous
References in classic literature ?
The suddenness and completeness of the discovery threw the housekeeper, practiced dissembler as she was, completely off her guard.
So spake the false dissembler unperceivd; For neither Man nor Angel can discern Hypocrisie, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone, By his permissive will, through Heav'n and Earth: And oft though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps At wisdoms Gate, and to simplicitie Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems: Which now for once beguil'd URIEL, though Regent of the Sun, and held The sharpest sighted Spirit of all in Heav'n; Who to the fraudulent Impostor foule In his uprightness answer thus returnd.
But if a man cannot obtain to that judgment, then it is left to bim generally, to be close, and a dissembler.
For the second, which is dissimulation; it followeth many times upon secrecy, by a necessity; so that he that will be secret, must be a dissembler in some degree.
Therefore it is the weaker sort of politics, that are the great dissemblers.
who struck off with great skill brief humorous pictures of typical figures--the Dissembler, the Flatterer, the Coward, and so on.
She had not been much of a dissembler, until now her loneliness taught her to feign.
This parable speak I unto you sentimental dissemblers, unto you, the "pure discerners
Far from finding Clinton's lies a point of shame, many liberals admired his Machiavellian maneuvering, what they saw as his dissembler derring-do.
1233b36-1234a4: "The sincere or simple, or as he is called, the straightforward man, is a mean between the dissembler and the boaster.
Historians also face the same problem that his contemporaries did in trying to understand him: Stalin was a consummate dissembler.
So far I looked at extrapolations of irony in its initial sense, as a dissembler, saying what it does not mean.