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DISSEMBLE, v.t. [L.]

1. To hide under a false appearance; to conceal; to disguise; to pretend that not to be which really is; as, I will not dissemble the truth; I cannot dissemble my real sentiments. [This is the proper sense of this word.]

2. To pretend that to be which is not; to make a false appearance of. This is the sense of simulate.

Your son Lucentio doth love my daughter, and she loveth him, or both dissemble deeply their affections.

DISSEMBLE, v.i. To be hypocritical; to assume a false appearance; to conceal the real fact, motives, intention or sentiments under some pretense.

Ye have stolen and dissembled also. Joshua 7.

He that hateth, dissembleth with his lips. Proverbs 26.



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DISSEMBLE, v.t. [L.]

1. To hide under a false appearance; to conceal; to disguise; to pretend that not to be which really is; as, I will not dissemble the truth; I cannot dissemble my real sentiments. [This is the proper sense of this word.]

2. To pretend that to be which is not; to make a false appearance of. This is the sense of simulate.

Your son Lucentio doth love my daughter, and she loveth him, or both dissemble deeply their affections.

DISSEMBLE, v.i. To be hypocritical; to assume a false appearance; to conceal the real fact, motives, intention or sentiments under some pretense.

Ye have stolen and dissembled also. Joshua 7.

He that hateth, dissembleth with his lips. Proverbs 26.

DIS-SEM'BLE, v.i.

To be hypocritical; to assume a false appearance; to conceal the real fact, motives, intention or sentiments under some pretense. Ye have stolen and dissembled also. – Josh. vii. He that hateth, dissembleth with his lips. – Prov. xxvi.


DIS-SEM'BLE, v.t. [L. dissimulo; dis and simulo, from similis, like; Fr. dissimuler; It. dissimulare; Sp. disimular; Arm. diçzumula.]

  1. To hide under a false appearance; to conceal; to disguise; to pretend that not to be which really is; as, I will not dissemble the truth; I can not dissemble my real sentiments. [This is the proper sense of this word.]
  2. To pretend that to be which is not; to make a false appearance of. This is the sense of simulate. Your son Lucentio / Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him, / Or both dissemble deeply their affections. – Shak.

Dis*sem"ble
  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.

    Dissemble all your griefs and discontents. Shak.

    Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
    But -- why did you kick me down stairs?
    J. P. Kemble.

  2. To conceal the real fact, motives, intention, or sentiments, under some pretense; to assume a false appearance; to act the hypocrite.

    He that hateth dissembleth with his lips. Prov. xxvi. 24.

    He [an enemy] dissembles when he assumes an air of friendship. C. J. Smith.

  3. To put on the semblance of; to make pretense of; to simulate; to feign.

    He soon dissembled a sleep. Tatler.

    Syn. -- To conceal; disguise; cloak; cover; equivocate. See Conceal.

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Dissemble

DISSEMBLE, verb transitive [Latin]

1. To hide under a false appearance; to conceal; to disguise; to pretend that not to be which really is; as, I will not dissemble the truth; I cannot dissemble my real sentiments. [This is the proper sense of this word.]

2. To pretend that to be which is not; to make a false appearance of. This is the sense of simulate.

Your son Lucentio doth love my daughter, and she loveth him, or both dissemble deeply their affections.

DISSEMBLE, verb intransitive To be hypocritical; to assume a false appearance; to conceal the real fact, motives, intention or sentiments under some pretense.

Ye have stolen and dissembled also. Joshua 7:11.

He that hateth, dissembleth with his lips. Proverbs 26:1.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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STOMACH, n. [L.]

1. In animal bodies, a membranous receptacle, the organ of digestion, in which food is prepared for entering into the several parts of the body for its nourishment.

2. Appetite; the desire of food caused by hunger; as a good stomach for roast beef. [A popular use of the word.]

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4. Anger; violence of temper.

Stern was his look, and full of stomach vain.

5. Sullenness; resentment; willful obstinacy; stubbornness.

This sort of crying proceeding from pride, obstinacy and stomach, the will, where the fault lies, must be bent.

6. Pride; haughtiness.

He was a man of an unbounded stomach, ever ranking himself with princes.

[Note. This word in all the foregoing senses, except the first, is nearly obsolete or inelegant.]

STOMACH, v.t. [L.]

1. To resent; to remember with anger.

The lion began to show his teeth, and to stomach the affront.

This sense is not used in America, as far as my observation extends. In America, at least in New England, the sense is,

2. To brook; to bear without open resentment or without opposition. [Not elegant.]

STOMACH, v.i. To be angry. [Not in use.]

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