Dis*sem"ble (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissembled; p. pr. & vb. n. Dissembling (?).] [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.]


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. Shak.

Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love, But -- why did you kick me down stairs? J. P. Kemble.


To put on the semblance of; to make pretense of; to simulate; to feign.

He soon dissembled a sleep. Tatler.

Syn. -- To conceal; disguise; cloak; cover; equivocate. See Conceal.


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Dis*sem"ble, v. i.

To conceal the real fact, motives, tention, 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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