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 for dissemble
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dissemble \Dis*sem"ble\, v. i.
     To conceal the real fact, motives, intention, or sentiments,
     under some pretense; to assume a false appearance; to act the
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           He that hateth dissembleth with his lips. --Prov. xxvi.
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           He [an enemy] dissembles when he assumes an air of
           friendship.                              --C. J. Smith.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dissemble \Dis*sem"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissembled; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Dissembling.] [OF. dissembler to be
     dissimilar; pref. dis- (L. dis-) + F. sembler to seem, L.
     simulare to simulate; cf. L. dissimulare to dissemble. See
     Simulate, and cf. Dissimulate.]
     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.
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              Dissemble all your griefs and discontents. --Shak.
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              Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
              But -- why did you kick me down stairs? --J. P.
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     2. To put on the semblance of; to make pretense of; to
        simulate; to feign.
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              He soon dissembled a sleep.           --Tatler.
     Syn: To conceal; disguise; cloak; cover; equivocate. See
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that
           he was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: feign, sham,
           pretend, affect, dissemble]
      2: hide under a false appearance; "He masked his disappointment"
         [syn: dissemble, cloak, mask]
      3: behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting" [syn:
         dissemble, pretend, act]

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  DISSEMBLE, v.i.  To put a clean shirt upon the character.
      Let us dissemble.

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