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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·sem·bling a. That dissembles; hypocritical; false. -- Dis*sem*bling*ly, adv.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : concealing under a false appearance with the intent to
            deceive; "dissimulative arts" [syn: dissimulating, dissimulative]
      n 1: pretending with intention to deceive [syn: pretense, pretence,
      2: the act of deceiving [syn: deception, deceit, dissimulation]