One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Concealment of one's thoughts, feelings, or character; pretence.‘an attempt at dissimulation’
pretence, dissembling, misrepresentation, deceit, dishonesty, duplicity, lying, guile, subterfuge, feigning, falsification, shamming, faking, bluff, bluffing, counterfeiting, posturing, hypocrisy, double-dealingView synonyms
- ‘Did I find in Grey's dissimulations an echo of my own?’
- ‘Indeed, the play of dissimulation and deception reaffirms the truth about what we see.’
- ‘Yes, it remains crucial that the power elite's obfuscations, dissimulations and inconsistencies be exposed.’
- ‘They used every trick in the book to justify the unjustifiable and the people saw through their lies, half truths and dissimulations.’
- ‘They wanted an end to secrecy and the covering up of blunders, there was to be no dissimulation in producing policies, no more pretence that all was well when it clearly was not.’
2rare count noun A flock of small birds.‘his audience consisted of a dissimulation of birds’
- ‘Ducks, sparrows, pelicans-sketches and finished piecesmingled in the vast dissimulation of birds.’
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