from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To disguise (one's intentions, for example) under a feigned appearance. See Synonyms at disguise.
  • intransitive v. To conceal one's true feelings or intentions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To practise deception by concealment or omission or by feigning a false appearance.
  • v. To hide or disguise by adopting a false appearance.
  • v. To connive at; to wink at; to pretend not to notice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feigning; simulating; pretending.
  • intransitive v. To dissemble; to feign; to pretend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To simulate the contrary of; cause to appear different from the reality.
  • Synonyms Simulate, Disguise, etc. See dissemble.
  • To practise dissimulation; make pretense; feign.
  • Dissembling; feigning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hide (feelings) from other people


Middle English dissimulaten, from Latin dissimulāre, dissimulāt- : dis-, dis- + simulāre, to simulate; see simulate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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