Dissemble

Definition of Dissemble

Dis`sem´ble
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Dissembled; p. pr. & vb. n. Dissembling .]
Dissemble all your griefs and discontents.
- Shak.
Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
But - why did you kick me down stairs?
- J. P. Kemble.
2.To put on the semblance of; to make pretense of; to simulate; to feign.
He soon dissembled a sleep.
- Tatler.
v. i.1.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.
- Prov. xxvi. 24.
He [an enemy] dissembles when he assumes an air of friendship.
- C. J. Smith.

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cloak, disguise, mask
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