One who dissembles; one who conceals his opinions or dispositions under a false appearance; a hypocrite. "It is the weakest sort of politicians that are the greatest dissemblers." (Bacon) "Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here." (Pope)
Synonyms: Dissembler, Hypocrite.
A person is called a dissembler with reference to his concealment of his real character, and a hypocrite with reference to his assumption of a false character. But hypocrite is the stronger word, being commonly used to characterise a person who is habitually insincere and false, especially one who makes professions of goodness when his aims are selfish and his life corrupt.
(01 Mar 1998)
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