Monday, May 30, 2005

dissemble

Word of the Day for Monday May 30, 2005

dissemble \dih-SEM-buhl\, transitive verb:
1. To hide under a false appearance; to hide the truth or true
nature of.
2. To put on the appearance of; to feign.
intransitive verb:

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


He was an open, candid personality who did not dissemble
his thoughts, and the public respected him as a politician
who was unusual in the sincerity of his views
--Robin Cook, "If John Smith were alive, imagine how
different this Labour government would be," [1]Independent,
May 7, 2004

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