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. "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)
Origin: 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.
(01 Mar 1998)
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