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  • Was it confidence or dissimulation that brought such an easy smile?
  • We search for any dissimulation on a resume.
  • I am too well acquainted with your character and conduct to feel any real friendship for you, and as I am without your talent for dissimulation, I cannot assume the appearance of it.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Adept as she was, in all the arts of cunning and dissimulation, the girl Nancy could not wholly conceal the effect which the knowledge of the step she had taken, wrought upon her mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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  • Let love be without dissimulation.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Thus the Genoese, subtle as he was, was duped by Edmond, in whose favor his mild demeanor, his nautical skill, and his admirable dissimulation, pleaded.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • They used a method known in symbology as dissimulation.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Court, from that exclusive inner circle to its outermost rotten ring of intrigue, corruption, and dissimulation, was all gone together.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Adept as she was, in all the arts of cunning and dissimulation, the girl Nancy could not wholly conceal the effect which the knowledge of the step she had taken, wrought upon her mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Habituated as she was to dissimulation through endeavoring to copy her husband in all his actions, these emotions were more than she could endure.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • Anne of Austria believed that Louis XIII knew all, and that the cardinal had persuaded him to employ this long dissimulation of seven or eight days, which, likewise, was characteristic.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • This Krogstad, now, has been persistently poisoning his own children with lies and dissimulation; that is why I say he has lost all moral character.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • Mordred went over to him with haste, with a sort of shamefaced dissimulation.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Maybe he was dissimulating, like some of the teachers at the college, who, to avoid trouble when driving through the small surrounding towns, wore chauffeur caps and pretended that their cars belonged to white men.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Oblivion was so sweet that presently she stole larger amounts and tried dissimulating their effects from Pepita; she hinted that she was not well, and represented herself as going into a decline.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • He was usually shy, and maintained that reserve which partakes at once of modesty and dissimulation.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I personally dislike the greasy dissimulation of diplomacy.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • On the third day she came out of the coma state, the waking sleep through which during the hours of light and faces she carried her own face like an aching mask in a fixed grimace of dissimulation that dared not flag.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Had she lacked patience, pliancy and dissimulation?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The wolf, however, licked his chops with a grin, his constraint and dissimulation erased.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • For the second time in her life she made an indirect answer; and the beginning of a period of dissimulation is certainly a significant date.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • She locked herself in her room, refused to eat or drink, and when at last he persuaded her to open the door, first with threats and then with poorly dissimulated pleading, he found a wounded panther who would never be fifteen years old again.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Archer looked at her perplexedly, wondering if it were lightness or dissimulation that enabled her to touch so easily on the past at the very moment when she was risking her reputation in order to break with it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Cedric was no ready practiser of the art of dissimulation, and would at this moment have been much the better of a hint from Wamba’s more fertile brain.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Putting it negatively is easy enough: it means not lying, not hiding, and not dissimulating.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • "Whatever for?"He could not keep up a dissimulation.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • The cant of the lying world is, that men like me compass our riches by dissimulation and treachery: by fawning, cringing, and stooping.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She was really tired; she knew it, and knew she should pay for it on the morrow; but it was her habit at this period to carry exhaustion to the furthest point and confess to it only when dissimulation broke down.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The thought of the suffering of this man he had known so intimately, first as a merry little boy, then as a schoolmate, and later as a grown-up colleague, suddenly struck Peter Ivanovich with horror, despite an unpleasant consciousness of his own and this woman’s dissimulation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • She would perhaps be hardly characterized enough if it were omitted that she wore her brown hair flatly braided and coiled behind so as to expose the outline of her head in a daring manner at a time when public feeling required the meagreness of nature to be dissimulated by tall barricades of frizzed curls and bows, never surpassed by any great race except the Feejeean.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • You should have seen how wisely I proceeded—with what caution—with what foresight—with what dissimulation I went to work!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Madame de Bellegarde closed her eyes and gave a little cough, which, as a piece of dissimulation, struck Newman as really heroic.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • This kind of dissimulation …. is a necessary branch of wisdom, and so far from being immoral …. that it is a duty and a virtue.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • She was really tired; she knew it, and knew she should pay for it on the morrow; but it was her habit at this period to carry exhaustion to the furthest point and confess to it only when dissimulation broke down.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness, with which one chemical atom meets another.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • But think how he must dissimulate!
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He rubbed his hands, he laughed with that inward mirth which makes the countenance beam; he was unable to dissimulate his joy, although he endeavored at moments to compose himself.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Alba learned to lie and dissimulate.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • We have not the strength with which to fight this man; we must dissimulate, and win, if win we can, by craft.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Hare might still have tried to dissimulate; but one glance at August’s stern face showed the uselessness of it.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • She answered briskly: "Whoever gets around you must be sharp and guileful as a snake; even a god might bow to you in ways of dissimulation.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • And down anon he set him on his knee, The sick man waxed well-nigh wood* for ire, *mad He woulde that the friar had been a-fire With his false dissimulation.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • "Indeed, Sophy," replied the aunt, "this dissimulation with me is very foolish.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • For the variety of behaviour in men that have drunk too much, is the same with that of Mad-men: some of them Raging, others Loving, others laughing, all extravagantly, but according to their severall domineering Passions: For the effect of the wine, does but remove Dissimulation; and take from them the sight of the deformity of their Passions.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …and rendered memorable by the impassioned plea of Mr Advocate Bushe which secured the acquittal of the wrongfully accused, the rights of primogeniture and king’s bounty touching twins and triplets, miscarriages and infanticides, simulated or dissimulated, the acardiac foetus in foetu and aprosopia due to a congestion, the agnathia of certain chinless Chinamen (cited by Mr Candidate Mulligan) in consequence of defective reunion of the maxillary knobs along the medial line so that (as he…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Dissimulation had been a habit of her mind; it was more a habit of her class than sincerity.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Frank, in an ecstasy of dissimulation, turns gaily to Mrs Warren, exclaiming] Ever so delighted to see you, Mrs Warren.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • He saw the whole of a subject at a glance, and …. was equally fearless of men and of the consequences of a bold assertion of his opinion…… He was a stranger to dissimulation.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Why should he dissimulate?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • "What a bad calculator you are!" exclaimed Danglars, calling to his assistance all his philosophy and dissimulation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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