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dis·sem·ble

 (dĭ-sĕm′bəl)
v. dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling, dis·sem·bles
v.intr.
To disguise or conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.
v.tr.
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.

dissemble

(dɪˈsɛmbəl)
vb
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]
disˈsemblance n
disˈsembler n
disˈsembling n, adj
disˈsemblingly adv

dis•sem•ble

(dɪˈsɛm bəl)

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]
dis•sem′bler, n.
dis•sem′bling•ly, adv.

dissemble


Past participle: dissembled
Gerund: dissembling

Imperative
dissemble
dissemble
Present
I dissemble
you dissemble
he/she/it dissembles
we dissemble
you dissemble
they dissemble
Preterite
I dissembled
you dissembled
he/she/it dissembled
we dissembled
you dissembled
they dissembled
Present Continuous
I am dissembling
you are dissembling
he/she/it is dissembling
we are dissembling
you are dissembling
they are dissembling
Present Perfect
I have dissembled
you have dissembled
he/she/it has dissembled
we have dissembled
you have dissembled
they have dissembled
Past Continuous
I was dissembling
you were dissembling
he/she/it was dissembling
we were dissembling
you were dissembling
they were dissembling
Past Perfect
I had dissembled
you had dissembled
he/she/it had dissembled
we had dissembled
you had dissembled
they had dissembled
Future
I will dissemble
you will dissemble
he/she/it will dissemble
we will dissemble
you will dissemble
they will dissemble
Future Perfect
I will have dissembled
you will have dissembled
he/she/it will have dissembled
we will have dissembled
you will have dissembled
they will have dissembled
Future Continuous
I will be dissembling
you will be dissembling
he/she/it will be dissembling
we will be dissembling
you will be dissembling
they will be dissembling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dissembling
you have been dissembling
he/she/it has been dissembling
we have been dissembling
you have been dissembling
they have been dissembling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dissembling
you will have been dissembling
he/she/it will have been dissembling
we will have been dissembling
you will have been dissembling
they will have been dissembling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dissembling
you had been dissembling
he/she/it had been dissembling
we had been dissembling
you had been dissembling
they had been dissembling
Conditional
I would dissemble
you would dissemble
he/she/it would dissemble
we would dissemble
you would dissemble
they would dissemble
Past Conditional
I would have dissembled
you would have dissembled
he/she/it would have dissembled
we would have dissembled
you would have dissembled
they would have dissembled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dissemble - make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
misrepresent, belie - represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my intentions"
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"
disguise, mask - make unrecognizable; "The herb masks the garlic taste"; "We disguised our faces before robbing the bank"
3.dissemble - behave unnaturally or affectedlydissemble - 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"
sham, feign, simulate, assume - make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

dissemble

verb hide, act, pretend, bluff, be dishonest, dissimulate, conceal or hide or mask your feelings He was not slow to dissemble when it served his purpose.

dissemble

verb
1. To change or modify so as to prevent recognition of the true identity or character of:
2. To behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of:
Translations

dissemble

[dɪˈsembl]
A. VTocultar, disimular
B. VIdisimular

dissemble

[dɪˈsɛmbəl] vidissimuler

dissemble

vt (= cover up)verbergen; (= feign)vortäuschen, heucheln
vi (liter)sich verstellen; (= feign illness)simulieren

dissemble

[dɪˈsɛmbl] vt & vi (liter) → dissimulare
References in classic literature ?
So artfully can this people dissemble their sentiments that we had not been able hitherto to distinguish our real from our pretended favourers; but as soon as this Prince began to give evident tokens of his hatred, even in the lifetime of the Emperor, we saw all the courtiers and governors who had treated us with such a show of friendship declare against us, and persecute us as disturbers of the public tranquillity, who had come into Aethiopia with no other intention than to abolish the ancient laws and customs of the country, to sow divisions between father and son, and preach up a revolution.
I shall not dissemble that I feel an entire confidence in the arguments which recommend the proposed system to your adoption, and that I am unable to discern any real force in those by which it has been opposed.
From the beginning of time upon Barsoom it has been the prerogative of woman to change her mind as she listed and to dissemble in matters concerning her heart.
I will not dissemble what real pleasure his sight afforded me, nor how strongly I felt the contrast between his person and manners and those of Reginald, to the infinite disadvantage of the latter.
Epicurus is charged, that he did but dissemble for his credit's sake, when he affirmed there were blessed natures, but such as enjoyed themselves, without having respect to the government of the world.
said the Farmer, seeing the result; "if that grain had not been heavily insured, I might have had to dissemble my hatred of the Fox.
Ron Loos, Director of Online Services at Seattle-based Content Technologies, a developer of content security software that detects and dissembles potentially harmful e-mail and Web page transfers before they can attack networks, is available for media interviews relating to the "Timofonica" virus.
This current body of work no longer dissembles the boundary between Art and Life; rather, each new attempt to sustain the dissolution demands, as Warhol understood so well, a kind of perverse reinstatement of art and its enabling institutions.
Instead, it is a "music genealogy" that dissembles the connections between 1,550 bands and artists to beloved rock icons The Beatles, utilizing the theory of six degrees of separation.