Definition of dissimulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /diˈsimyəˌlāt/


[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
More example sentences
  • Because some of these changes are either directly or indirectly subject to our choices, we are able to pretend or dissimulate emotion.
  • Now ever growing groups of people dissimulated their loyalty to the regime, while devoting their time and energy to informal collectives.
  • 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.
pretend, deceive, feign, act, dissemble, masquerade, pose, posture, sham, fake, bluff, hide one's feelings, be dishonest, put on a false front, lie



Pronunciation: /diˈsimyəˌlādər/
Example sentences
  • High Court judges, in a written submission to ministers, claim many teenagers are ‘artful or practised dissimulators, prepared to do all they can to avoid telling the truth or, worse, to deceive’.
  • The results of these studies suggest that both response latencies and validity scales may be helpful in identifying dissimulators on personality tests.
  • The women's steadfastness is in direct relation to their aggressiveness; the only Shakespearian woman to swerve from her commitment is Cressida, the passive manipulator of male desire and dissimulator of her own.


Late Middle English: from Latin dissimulat- 'hidden, concealed', from the verb dissimulare.

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Syllabification: dis·sim·u·late

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