Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of concealing the truth; hypocrisy or deception.
  • n. Hiding one's feelings or purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of dissembling; a hiding under a false appearance; concealment by feigning; false pretension; hypocrisy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of dissimulating; concealment of reality under a diverse or contrary appearance; feigning; hypocrisy; deceit.
  • n. Synonyms Simulation (see dissemble and dissembler), duplicity, deceit.

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

  • n. the act of deceiving

Etymologies

From Latin dissimulātiō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Still we have our limits beyond which we call dissimulation treachery.

    Romola

  • So far am I from forbidding these officially to check the undue license of kings, that if they connive at kings when they tyrannise and insult over the humbler of the people, I affirm that their dissimulation is not free from nefarious perfidy, because they fraudulently betray the liberty of the people, while knowing that, by the ordinance of God, they are its appointed guardians.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Stamp Act

  • A course of lying, of deceit and dissimulation, is that which every good man dreads and which we are all concerned to beg of

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • My immediate reaction is that his article feels kind of like an ambush, can it be called dissimulation or subterfuge?

    The Spirit - news with a Catholic Heart...

  • Wherefore, although he did not lie in words, yet with respect to the matter of fact, his dissimulation was a lie, by implication.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • Being a woman she understood perfectly the art of dissimulation, which is a necessary accomplishment, a thousand circumstances requiring its exercise for the sake of her security, peace, and comfort.

    Ninon de L'Enclos the Celebrated Beauty of the 17th Century

  • [387] His dissimulation was his disregard of the divine call in the vision described in § 21.

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh

  • His reserve might by the ill-natured have been termed dissimulation, inasmuch as when asked by the ladies of the embassy what had become of the young person who had amused them that day so cleverly he gave it out that her whereabouts was uncertain and her destiny probably obscure; he let it be supposed in a word that his benevolence had scarcely survived an accidental, a charitable occasion.

    The Tragic Muse

  • They know the difference between darkness and light; and know that genuine love consists in manifesting chastity of heart, which lives upon love alone, and does not pride itself on dissimulation, which is a vice.

    The Heptameron of Margaret, Queen of Navarre

  • Hitherto she had been answering in monosyllables all attempts of the great man to draw her into conversation; but now, observing how Isaura blushed and looked down, that strange faculty in women, which we men call dissimulation, and which in them is truthfulness to their own nature, enabled her to carry off the sharpest anguish she had ever experienced, by a sudden burst of levity of spirit.

    The Parisians — Volume 08

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  • "All these amiable and inexorable persons were resolutely engaged in pretending to each other that they had never heard of, suspected, or even conceived possible, the least hint to the contrary; and from this tissue of elaborate mutual dissimulation Archer once more disengaged the fact that New York believed him to be Madame Olenska’s lover."
    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 20, 2009

  • A flock of birds

    November 16, 2007