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Middle English[edit]


Old French dissimuleur.



  1. A dissembler.
    • 1483, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Nun's Priest's Tale, lines 456–459:
      False dissimulour, O Greek Sinon, that broughtest Troye al outrely to sorwe.
      O false dissembler, like the Greek Sinon, who brought the Trojans sorrow so severe!

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dissimulour in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)