Definition of dissimulate in English:



[with object]
  • Conceal or disguise (one's thoughts, feelings, or character)

    ‘a country gentleman who dissimulates his wealth beneath ragged pullovers’
    no object ‘now that they have power, they no longer need to dissimulate’
    • ‘They're not dissimulating, they're not being consciously mendacious ’.’
    • ‘That is typical of a party which dissimulates about its secret policy plans, evades all public debate of policy, and wastes some of its greatest talents in petty personal vendettas.’
    • ‘It isn't impenetrable since he doesn't dissimulate anything - it remains unqualifiable.’
    • ‘Charlotte evidently believes that women are so socially disadvantaged that they must strike, like bandits, when opportunity offers - and if necessary dissimulate to get their prize.’
    • ‘It is a distorted vision of reality as if it were upside down, originated in the unconscious need to dissimulate the real causes of our actions and thoughts in order to hide our real interests, and is neither candid nor good.’
    • ‘To dissimulate the U.S. involvement will be clearly impossible.’
    • ‘She seemed to be dissimulating that everything was functioning as normal.’
    • ‘In answer to the professorial desire for control, students can effectively dissimulate the appearance of learning.’
    • ‘It is this defiant conspicuousness that refuses to dissimulate the mechanics of its own construction that Stubbes links to effeminacy and erotic excess.’
    • ‘Because some of these changes are either directly or indirectly subject to our choices, we are able to pretend or dissimulate emotion.’
    • ‘Despite some uninformed portrayals of them, most offenders are anything but naïve, and can quickly sense any attempt to dissimulate.’
    • ‘They would become the first and best source of hard evidence on terrorist incursion, available for cross-examination and trusted neither to exaggerate nor to dissimulate.’
    • ‘He was always deeply irritated by the need - which all politicians must accept from time to time - to pretend, dissimulate and act a part.’
    • ‘However, he had hidden from his true feelings and dissimulated to be someone he wasn't.’
    • ‘They cooperate in a programmatic way with a definite strategy and a definite goal in mind, no matter how they dissimulate in public.’
    • ‘In short, the subject matter of the earlier paintings is radically dissimulated, and the previous staged acts of terror are stripped down into their ideological roots, scattered and reassembled.’
    • ‘Several variables have been suggested as having a potentially important impact on a man's ability to dissimulate his sexual arousal while being assessed via PPG.’
    • ‘This is the modern inquisition, a modern witch trial that dissimulates and fabricates the field of exchange between the protagonists.’
    • ‘Now ever growing groups of people dissimulated their loyalty to the regime, while devoting their time and energy to informal collectives.’
    • ‘Any public expression of their faith was considered dangerous, and they had learned to dissimulate their specific Christian identity.’
    pretend, deceive, feign, act, dissemble, masquerade, pose, posture, sham, fake, bluff, counterfeit, go through the motions, hide one's feelings, be dishonest, put on a false front, lie
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Late Middle English: from Latin dissimulat- ‘hidden, concealed’, from the verb dissimulare.