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  • v. Present participle of dissimulate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. concealing under a false appearance with the intent to deceive.


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  • The worst example I can remember was the executive I was editing who wrote about ‘dissimulating’ information, the opposite of his intended purpose, to ‘disseminate’ information.

    The Number One Grammar Trap and How to Avoid Falling in | Write to Done

  • We're told the Princess has rejected her lover and come to appreciate her husband (quite a winning fellow, actually) but then it's back to the lover and the film is too simple for us to know whether she genuinely changed her mind again and again or was dissimulating.

    Michael Giltz: Cannes 2010 Day Four and Five: Mike Leigh's New Gem and Inside Job Rocks The Fest

  • The commonplace interplay of verbal and visual figures is transparently expressed in Castiglione's dissimulating description of his own treatise as "not by the hand of Raphael or Michelangelo, but of a humble painter, who knows only how to trace the chief lines, and cannot adorn truth with bright colouring, or by perspective art make that which is not seem to be."

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Congress has not taken on the big chiefs, the Pentagon appears pleased with the status quo, and no individual lawsuit appears to have gone against the corporate bosses themselves – the latter demonstrating why corporations are set up in the first place as a means of legally obfuscating and dissimulating (obscuring and concealing) the personnel involved ... and then continuing with business as usual as long as they can get away with it.

    Book Review = Halliburton's army

  • Because neither side spoke the truth, the side with the most experience and best techniques won - the Republican Noise Machine beat the Democrats halting and stumbling, waffling and dissimulating efforts to do something - what ever it was.

    Obama's Rating Falls To 50% In Tracking Polls

  • The decision on furloughs does not serve to mitigate the effects of these policies; it serves to perpetuate them while dissimulating their effects.

    Twelve Thousand UC Profs to Strike September 24

  • Now the BBC is a byword for cheating, lying, deceiving, dissimulating, fibbing and brute bias.

    BBC Deceit as 'Artifice'

  • The Captain, rendered cautious by his late experience, was unable quite to satisfy his mind whether Mr Toots was the mild subject he appeared to be, or was a profoundly artful and dissimulating hypocrite.

    Dombey and Son

  • When the would-be friends of Pere Grandet came in the evening for their game at cards, she was gay and dissimulating; but all the morning she talked of Charles with her mother and Nanon.

    Eug�nie Grandet

  • The barbarous and dissimulating Louis XI. had a firm faith in the cross of St. Louis.

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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