Definition of dissimulate in US 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’
    • ‘He was always deeply irritated by the need - which all politicians must accept from time to time - to pretend, dissimulate and act a part.’
    • ‘To dissimulate the U.S. involvement will be clearly impossible.’
    • ‘Because some of these changes are either directly or indirectly subject to our choices, we are able to pretend or dissimulate emotion.’
    • ‘She seemed to be dissimulating that everything was functioning as normal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They're not dissimulating, they're not being consciously mendacious ’.’
    • ‘It is this defiant conspicuousness that refuses to dissimulate the mechanics of its own construction that Stubbes links to effeminacy and erotic excess.’
    • ‘It isn't impenetrable since he doesn't dissimulate anything - it remains unqualifiable.’
    • ‘However, he had hidden from his true feelings and dissimulated to be someone he wasn't.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In answer to the professorial desire for control, students can effectively dissimulate the appearance of learning.’
    • ‘This is the modern inquisition, a modern witch trial that dissimulates and fabricates the field of exchange between the protagonists.’
    • ‘They cooperate in a programmatic way with a definite strategy and a definite goal in mind, no matter how they dissimulate in public.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite some uninformed portrayals of them, most offenders are anything but naïve, and can quickly sense any attempt to dissimulate.’
    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.