from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to or characterized by pretense or dissimulation: as, a dissimulative life; dissimulative arts.

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  • adjective concealing under a false appearance with the intent to deceive


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  • Allen is as vacuous, dissimulative, intellectually shallow, and authoritarian by impulse as Bush, without Bushes apparent lack of racism and sexism -- Bush's only redeeming qualities.

    Midterm Roundup

  • Often on the front-line of such dissimulative activities, this arguably qualifies a trained private investigator to be in the elite in understanding human behaviour, particularly when there is reasonable cause for suspicion.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Unless one is truly talented in the dissimulative arts (or alternatively, truly a sociopath), this is something that cannot, ultimately, be faked (or at least not for long).

    Ferule & Fescue

  • I'm willing to assume that non-churchgoers find this dissimulative.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • I'm willing to assume that non-churchgoers find this dissimulative.

    Product Placement In The Pulpit: Advertising Comes to Church

  • Greenberg's subject is taboo: children in pain, the Paul Kopeikin Gallery's press release confides, but while Kopeikin rightly senses that Greenberg is encroaching on a taboo, his interpretation of that taboo is dissimulative to the point of absurdity.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • The foreign journals, however, have so much in them that is dissimulative and latent, they require more care and discernment.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 3, March, 1862

  • What Louis, always dissimulative, feigned to be an act of gracious homage to dead generosity was in truth an act of defiant and safe self-assertion.

    The Duke's Motto A Melodrama

  • On a quarter of the deck where they stood alone, what a striking pair were Flora and Irby as side by side they faced the ruffling air, softly discussing matters alien to the gliding scene and giving it only a dissimulative show of attention.

    Kincaid's Battery

  • They were extremely good natured young men; they were more observant than they appeared; in a sort of inarticulate, accidentally dissimulative fashion, they were highly appreciative.

    An International Episode


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  • JM stimulates his dissimulative simulator and dissimulates away!

    September 22, 2010