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Definition to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
  • The news is bad, but the company spokesperson is doing what she can to change the subject and dissemble.
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
  • After the primaries, she will dissemble her past statements to appear more moderate in her beliefs.
  • dissemble = be deceptive about
  • So help me God, as I dissemble not!
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • Betty, little one ... He is bending to kneel again when his niece, Abigail Williams, seventeen, enters—a strikingly beautiful girl, an orphan, with an endless capacity for dissembling.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • dissembling = hiding or disguising the truth
  • Well, I'll put it on, and I will dissemble myself in it;
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • dissemble = disguise
  • Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false in both.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • dissembling = to hide or disguise the truth
  • Think you my uncle did dissemble, grandam?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • dissemble = hide or disguise the truth
  • ...Good now, play one scene
    Of excellent dissembling, and let it look
    Like perfect honor.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • dissembling = playacting (deception)
  • It must have been a self-preserving instinct which had made us keep the thing to ourselves, for we'd no active feeling of danger — I had so little, in fact, that when Uncle Axel found me sitting behind a rick chatting apparently to myself, I made very little effort to dissemble.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
  • He was not good at dissembling and he was very well understood.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • dissembling = deceiving (hiding or disguising the truth without outright lying)
  • She would want to know what delayed me—and, you see, it would be painful for me to dissemble before her.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • Monks cast a look of hate, which, even then, he could not dissemble...
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Noureddin re-entering at that moment, they plainly saw, in spite of his efforts to dissemble, that what they had heard was the truth.
    Lang, Andrew  --  The Arabian Nights
  • I shrieked, "dissemble no more!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Monks cast a look of hate, which, even then, he could not dissemble, at the astonished boy, and sat down near the door.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He was a dissembling prince, but one who understood far better how to hide his troubles than his joys.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But in this, our last interview of friendship, I approached her with a sense of guilt that almost took from me the power of dissembling.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • He could dissemble and resist no longer.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Marry, thou dost wrong me; thou dissembler, thou.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Noting her dissembled distress Jude kissed her, and said it was time to go and see if the lodgings were ready.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure

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