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English verb: dissemble

1. dissemble (communication) make believe with the intent to deceive


SamplesHe feigned that he was ill.
He shammed a headache.


Synonymsaffect, feign, pretend, sham


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)belie, misrepresent


Narrower (hyponym)bull, bullshit, fake, mouth, play possum, take a dive, talk through one's hat


Verb groupmake, make believe, pretend

2. dissemble (perception) hide under a false appearance


SamplesHe masked his disappointment.


Synonymscloak, mask


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disguise, mask

3. dissemble (creation) behave unnaturally or affectedly


SamplesShe's just acting.


Synonymsact, pretend


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)assume, feign, sham, simulate


Verb groupact, behave, do









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