dissemble

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dissemble make believe with the intent to deceive "He feigned that he was ill","He shammed a headache"
    • v dissemble behave unnaturally or affectedly "She's just acting"
    • v dissemble hide under a false appearance "He masked his disappointment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Dissemble To conceal the real fact, motives, intention, or sentiments, under some pretense; to assume a false appearance; to act the hypocrite. "He that hateth dissembleth with his lips.""He [an enemy dissembles when he assumes an air of friendship."
    • Dissemble To hide under a false semblance or seeming; to feign (something) not to be what it really is; to put an untrue appearance upon; to disguise; to mask. "Dissemble all your griefs and discontents.""Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
      But -- why did you kick me down stairs?"
    • Dissemble To put on the semblance of; to make pretense of; to simulate; to feign. "He soon dissembled a sleep."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dissemble To make unlike; cause to look different; disguise.
    • dissemble To give a false impression about; cause to seem different or non-existent; mask under a false pretense or deceptive manner.
    • dissemble To put on the semblance of; simulate; pretend.
    • dissemble To assume the appearance of; appear like; imitate.
    • dissemble Synonyms Dissemble, Simulate, Dissimulate Disguise, cloak, cover. (See hide.) To dissemble is to pretend that a thing which is is not: as, to dissemble one's real sentiments. To simulate is to pretend that a thing which is not is: as, to simulate friendship. To dissimulate is to hide the reality or truth of something under a diverse or contrary appearance: as, to dissimulate one's poverty by ostentation. To disguise is to put under a false guise, to keep a thing from being recognized by giving it a false appearance: as, I cannot disguise from myself the fact. See dissembler and conceal.
    • dissemble To give a false appearance; make a deceptive impression or presentation.
    • dissemble To assume a false seeming; conceal the real fact, motives, intention, or sentiments under some pretense; mask the truth about one's self.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dissemble dis-sem′bl to represent a thing as unlike what it actually is: to put an untrue semblance upon: to disguise: to conceal:
    • v.i Dissemble to assume a false appearance: to play the hypocrite: to dissimulate—ns. Dissem′blance (rare), want of resemblance: the act of dissembling
    • p.adj Dissemble deceiving, hypocritical
    • v.t Dissemble dis-sem′bl (Shak.) to make unlike
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Quotations

  • James Baldwin
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    “Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. dissembler, to be dissimilar; pref. dis-,L. dis-,) + F. sembler, to seem, L. simulare, to simulate; cf. L. dissimulare, to dissemble. See Simulate, and cf. Dissimulate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. dessembler, to be unlike, from L. dissimulāredissimilis, unlike—dis, neg., and similis, like.

Usage

In literature:

He was naturally a connoisseur in such matters, and knew well and easily the truth or dissembling in them.
"Six Women" by Victoria Cross
The people of these countries are much given to these dissembling hypocrites.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
I cannot dissemble, and pretend to love him, were he ten times my brother-in-law.
"Alfgar the Dane or the Second Chronicle of Aescendune" by A. D. Crake
Charles dissembled in his negotiations with the army generals.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Only here we dissemble and pretend to love it.
"Some Private Views" by James Payn
But, though he dissembled and yielded, from that time he set his mind upon the destruction of the republic.
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783" by A. T. Mahan
To dissemble for a month or so would not hurt him, and might even amuse him as a new game.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
He had no desire to dissemble with this straightforward old father.
"Kindred of the Dust" by Peter B. Kyne
Or else the majority of women dissemble their curiosity or admiration.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Dissembling and secrecy was required, etc.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803" by E.H. Blair
Randal Courteney was no longer dissembling his interest.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Old Perrault had never dissembled his regard for the sailor.
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly
Dissemble not in your wooing.
"The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and The Confession of the New-married Couple (1682)" by A. Marsh
Did we dissemble or pass it by in silence?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
But I won't dissemble.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
She glanced dissemblingly at the clock.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
To arrive more surely at their purpose, they dissembled their resentment, and came, as usual, on board the ship.
"Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific" by Gabriel Franchere
Here you may dispute about anything except music and the opera; on these topics alone it is dangerous not to dissemble.
"Great Singers, First Series" by George T. Ferris
I cannot dissemble the joy I felt on the first view of this striking and venerable edifice.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
These, however, knew so well how to dissemble, that she had nothing to guide her but the barest suspicion.
"The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. II. (of V.)" by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
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In poetry:

Dawn with secret tremble,
When first pale the skies,
Joy's ancient, still, sweet birth must needs dissemble,
To wake thee, and with thee to sympathise.
"Heavenly Sorrow" by Manmohan Ghose
Dissemble your pain, and lengthen your chain,
And seem her hauteur to regret;
If again you shall sigh, she no more will deny,
That yours is the rosy coquette.
"Reply To Some Verses Of J.M.B. Pigot, Esq. On The Cruelty Of His Mistress" by Lord George Gordon Byron
Again, the BARON fondly gaz'd;
Poor ZORIETTO trembled;
And GOLFRE watch'd her throbbing breast
Which seem'd, with weighty woes oppress'd,
And softest LOVE, dissembled.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
The generous purpose of thy manly breast,
No selfish vanity shall ever move;
Thou canst not wish to break her peaceful rest
Whose heart repays thy well-dissembled love.
"To The Author's Brother. On the choice of a Wife in the Year 1789" by Maria Logan
Evening fell, equivocal, dissembling,
The women who hung dreaming on our arms
Spoke in low voices, words that had such charms
That ever since our stunned soul has been trembling.
"The Young Fools (Les Ingénus) " by Paul Verlaine
The innocent word that sets remembrance trembling,
The dubious word that sets the scared heart beating . . .
The pendulum on the wall
Shakes down seconds . . . They laugh at time, dissembling;
Or coil for a victim and do not talk at all.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 09:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Why Tax Policy Is a Dissembler 's Paradise.
No end to the dissembling .
I continue to maintain that Romney's ability to lie, dissemble, distort and equivocate so effortlessly is a far more important story — and is far more telling about his character — than any $10,000 bet.
Hey, the president dissembled on Libya.
From Corker 's standpoint, the explanation for the administration's public dissembling is plain.
FAIRBANKS — It's the election season, ripe with hyperbole, dissembling, and with it the deluge of ugly, misleading information.
Removing and dissembling the ignition lock can be difficult, but once the many rubber pieces, the screws and the outer and inner cylinders are removed, the cylinder has a standard wafer system.
No end to the dissembling.
What's more, allegations of White House dissembling since the run-up to war with Iraq have taken a toll on Bush's once-solid image as the refreshing antidote to previous Presidential prevarication .
But now, thanks to his own prevarication , dissembling and deceit, the most important question is, "Mr. Gore, can we trust you enough to make you president".
Those who suggests it's a tax are wrong, in error, disingenuous, and dissemblers.
Since self - tanners can serve as a soft and best) solution: self - tanners —master dissemblers Here you go: Since self - tanners react with the upper streaks.
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