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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.
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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
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References in classic literature ?
"Then thou art a happy man," said the Dishonest Gain, "and thy bleeding head is but mere dissembling. Who art thou, great actor?"
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.
It is difficult to say whether he is sincere or dissembling given his track record in international affairs.
Either Digong was again joking or dissembling, because William Saunders was the name Marcos used in opening his secret Swiss bank account in the '60s (Imelda used Jane Ryan).
When my prodigal son hadn't yet returned, I stood at the black windows looking out, what I couldn't quite see assembling and dissembling in dark forms.
Even if you can forgive his dissembling, arrogance and ineptitude, that is the real scandal.
I can still see Daddy coughing and Daddy in the yard beneath the cold rain of his wife's garden hose, framed by dissembling mountains that I hated to see dissembled--a constant reminder of everything wrong with people, with the world, with home--and all of sixteen and certain, so certain, I told my father he was pathetic.
The letter accuses Mr Corbyn of "committing acts that are grossly detrimental to the party, namely characterising Jewish people as dissembling and dishonest in their reporting of antisemitism, and by using the influence and prestige of his office to disseminate and normalise that lie".
Though of course, it isn't as easy as she expects; Maya shows an unsuspected capacity for intrigue and dissembling and manages to turn even a hair dyeing disaster to her own advantage.
Elements of the desultor's character resurface in the hyperbole and insensitivity of Tamburlaine, the self-delusion of Faustus, Edward, and Dido, and the cynicism and dissembling of the various Machiavels (Barabas, Gaveston, Mortimer).
IT IS impossible to image that so many people can get away with so much deceit and dissembling. I am referring to the remain campaigners, not that the leave campaign are that clean.