dissembling


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissembling - pretending with intention to deceive
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
bluff - pretense that your position is stronger than it really is; "his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"
pretext, stalking-horse - something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
hypocrisy, lip service - an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
2.dissembling - the act of deceiving
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
fakery - the act of faking (or the product of faking)
indirection - deceitful action that is not straightforward; "he could see through the indirections of diplomats"
chicanery, wile, shenanigan, trickery, guile, chicane - the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
double-dealing, duplicity - acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
cheating, cheat - a deception for profit to yourself
head game, illusion, delusion - the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
pretending, pretense, feigning, simulation, pretence - the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"
imposture, impersonation - pretending to be another person
obscurantism - a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
four flush, bluff - the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
take-in - the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone
References in classic literature ?
But in this, our last interview of friendship, I approached her with a sense of guilt that almost took from me the power of dissembling.
And Robin again appeared such a silly fellow that the Sheriff saw no need of dissembling, but said that he was ready to start at once to look at the herd.
I have thought her crafty, dissembling, interested sometimes, it is true; but may not much that looks like cunning and dissimulation in her conduct be only the efforts made by a bland temper to traverse quietly perplexing difficulties?
He was a dissembling prince, but one who understood far better how to hide his troubles than his joys.
He knew quite well that his partner was dissembling, but he scarcely saw to what end.
Then thou art a happy man," said the Dishonest Gain, "and thy bleeding head is but mere dissembling.
Like those saintly personages in whom religion does not stifle ambition, Elisabeth was capable of requiring others to do a blamable action that she might reap the fruits; and she would have been, like them again, implacable as to her dues and dissembling in her actions.
Like thyself the state is a dissembling dog; like thee doth it like to speak with smoke and roaring--to make believe, like thee, that it speaketh out of the heart of things.
That dissembling abominable varlet, Diomed, has got that same scurvy, doting, foolish young knave in his helm.
Leaving the favoured, and well-received, and flattered of the world; him of the world most worldly, who never compromised himself by an ungentlemanly action, and never was guilty of a manly one; to lie smilingly asleep--for even sleep, working but little change in his dissembling face, became with him a piece of cold, conventional hypocrisy--we follow in the steps of two slow travellers on foot, making towards Chigwell.
Expect more such dissembling from a bunch of ministers who I trust about as much as a fox in a chicken pen.
In an age of political sound bites and dissembling, Charles Kennedy's courageous stand on the highly controversial, emotive and moral issue of the Iraq War, is a timeless lesson of one of the most important of virtues and a potent reminder of the human spirit.