dissimulation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dissimulation the act of deceiving
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n dissimulation The act of dissembling; a hiding under a false appearance; concealment by feigning; false pretension; hypocrisy. "Let love be without dissimulation .""Dissimulation . . . when a man lets fall signs and arguments that he is not that he is.""Simulation is a pretense of what is not, and dissimulation a concealment of what is."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dissimulation The act of dissimulating; concealment of reality under a diverse or contrary appearance; feigning; hypocrisy; deceit.
    • n dissimulation Synonyms Simulation (see dissemble and dissembler), duplicity, deceit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dissimulation the act of dissembling: a hiding under a false appearance: false pretension: hypocrisy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dissimulatio,: cf. F. dissimulation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dissimulāre, -ātum, to dissimulate—dis, neg., similis, like.

Usage

In literature:

And we call it "dissimulation," all this?
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
Mittie disdained dissimulation, and from the moment her step-mother asserted her own dignity, she felt it.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
This dissimulation both in speech and manner appeared perfect.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Within a few months of her arrival the cool eye of Knox had pierced through the veil of Mary's dissimulation.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
The common objections to the views here presented, are, that they encourage dissimulation.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
Still we have our limits beyond which we call dissimulation treachery.
"Romola" by George Eliot
We mus' let the dissimulation like a worm in the bud to h-eat our cheek.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
He formed his plans with the greatest coolness, and exercised a power of dissimulation that has no parallel in history.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Yet each glance said the same, that it was wise to dissimulate and take no offense.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Fortunately dissimulation was not difficult, as the growing darkness of the room hid her face.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
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In poetry:

Dissimulation's oily tongue
Will grace Simplicity, among
Her unsuspecting, trustful throng,
That he may do her greater wrong,
And covertly defile the pure,
Some envied purpose to secure.
"Lies" by Jared Barhite
III. VIGIL
When you are dead and the frosty iron of laughter
Stupendously settles its pride upon your lips,
I will gather up the whispers you came after
When we first met, of immutable dissimulation.
"The Progress Of Œnia" by Allen Tate
Now thus to her lord spoke the heroine of the Savannas:
"The approaching Christmas throws the shadows of mirth into Sussex.
Never before was there such buying of presents among us;
Never before such love without dissimulation."
"One Snowy Night" by Albery Allson Whitman
CATULLUS tells us, ev'ry matron sage
Will peep most willingly (whate'er her age),
At that gigantick gift, which Juno made,
To Venus' fruit, in gardens oft displayed.
If any belle recede, and shun the sight,
Dissimulation she supposes right.
"The Picture" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

There are many reasons to be glad that President Obama has finally decided to stop dissimulating and openly advocate gay marriage.
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