Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of dissimulating; concealment of reality under a diverse or contrary appearance; feigning; hypocrisy; deceit.
- n. Synonyms Simulation (see dissemble and dissembler), duplicity, deceit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of dissembling; a hiding under a false appearance; concealment by feigning; false pretension; hypocrisy.
- n. the act of deceiving
- From Latin dissimulātiō. (Wiktionary)
“Still we have our limits beyond which we call dissimulation treachery.”
“So far am I from forbidding these officially to check the undue license of kings, that if they connive at kings when they tyrannise and insult over the humbler of the people, I affirm that their dissimulation is not free from nefarious perfidy, because they fraudulently betray the liberty of the people, while knowing that, by the ordinance of God, they are its appointed guardians.”
“A course of lying, of deceit and dissimulation, is that which every good man dreads and which we are all concerned to beg of”
“My immediate reaction is that his article feels kind of like an ambush, can it be called dissimulation or subterfuge?”
“Wherefore, although he did not lie in words, yet with respect to the matter of fact, his dissimulation was a lie, by implication.”
“Being a woman she understood perfectly the art of dissimulation, which is a necessary accomplishment, a thousand circumstances requiring its exercise for the sake of her security, peace, and comfort.”
“ His dissimulation was his disregard of the divine call in the vision described in § 21.”
“His reserve might by the ill-natured have been termed dissimulation, inasmuch as when asked by the ladies of the embassy what had become of the young person who had amused them that day so cleverly he gave it out that her whereabouts was uncertain and her destiny probably obscure; he let it be supposed in a word that his benevolence had scarcely survived an accidental, a charitable occasion.”
“They know the difference between darkness and light; and know that genuine love consists in manifesting chastity of heart, which lives upon love alone, and does not pride itself on dissimulation, which is a vice.”
“Hitherto she had been answering in monosyllables all attempts of the great man to draw her into conversation; but now, observing how Isaura blushed and looked down, that strange faculty in women, which we men call dissimulation, and which in them is truthfulness to their own nature, enabled her to carry off the sharpest anguish she had ever experienced, by a sudden burst of levity of spirit.”
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