Dis·sem·ble v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissembled; p. pr. & vb. n. Dissembling ]
1. To hide under a false semblance or seeming; to feign (something) not to be what it really is; to put an untrue appearance upon; to disguise; to mask.
Dissemble all your griefs and discontents. --Shak.
Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
But -- why did you kick me down stairs? --J. P. Kemble.
2. To put on the semblance of; to make pretense of; to simulate; to feign.
He soon dissembled a sleep. --Tatler.
Syn: -- To conceal; disguise; cloak; cover; equivocate. See Conceal.
Dis·sem·ble, v. i. To conceal the real fact, motives, intention, or sentiments, under some pretense; to assume a false appearance; to act the hypocrite.
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips. --Prov. xxvi. 24.
He [an enemy] dissembles when he assumes an air of friendship. --C. J. Smith.
v 1: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he
was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: feign, sham,
2: hide under a false appearance; "He masked his
disappointment" [syn: cloak, mask]
3: behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting" [syn: