dissemble

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dissimulare.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [dɪˈsɛmbəɫ]
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

dissemble (third-person singular simple present dissembles, present participle dissembling, simple past and past participle dissembled)

  1. (transitive) To disguise or conceal something.
  2. (transitive) To feign.
  3. (transitive) To deliberately ignore something; to pretend not to notice.
  4. (intransitive) To falsely hide one's opinions or feelings.
    • XVII century, John Dryden, Cymon And Iphigenia; from Boccace
      While to his arms the blushing bride he took,
      To seeming sadness she composed her look;
      As if by force subjected to his will,
      Though pleased, dissembling, and a woman still.

Usage notes[edit]

Not to be confused with disassemble (take apart).

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