dissimulator


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dis·sim·u·late

 (dĭ-sĭm′yə-lāt′)
v. dis·sim·u·lat·ed, dis·sim·u·lat·ing, dis·sim·u·lates
v.tr.
To conceal (one's intentions, for example) under a feigned appearance. See Synonyms at disguise.
v.intr.
To conceal one's true feelings or intentions.

[Middle English dissimulaten, from Latin dissimulāre, dissimulāt- : dis-, dis- + simulāre, to simulate; see simulate.]

dis·sim′u·la′tion n.
dis·sim′u·la′tive adj.
dis·sim′u·la′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissimulator - a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motivesdissimulator - 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
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I have thereby increased the burden of proof for those who propose to read Hume as a dissimulator in religious matters" (253-254).
It claims that Horace's past personae are the masks of a dissimulator while exposing itself as such, and then it projects its claims into the future by announcing the continuation of Horace's poetic career in unaltered terms.
A James Bond-like theme playing, the weird sisters looking on from the audience, and Macbeth's face momentarily projected on the towers' TV screens suggest that Malcolm, too, may be a dissimulator, a political monster in the making.
It is in this sense that a fold, as the minimal element, is a transformer and a dissimulator because one is always amongst countless others who perpetually pull it out of shape (Doel, 2001, p.