Meaning of dissimulation


The noun dissimulation describes the act of faking your true feelings. Your dissimulation of happiness might fool strangers but your close friends can tell it’s all an act.

The word dissimulation implies that the wool is being pulled over someone’s eyes, or they’re being fooled or tricked by someone’s deceit. The origin of dissimulation is the Latin dissimulationem, which means “a disguising or concealment.” Don’t confuse dissimulation with dissimilation, which describes the act of making something different or less similar.

Definitions of dissimulation
  1. noun

    the act of deceiving


    deceit, deception, dissembling

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    the act of faking (or the product of faking)

    deceitful action that is not straightforward
    chicane, chicanery, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile

    the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
    double-dealing, duplicity

    acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
    cheat, cheating

    a deception for profit to yourself
    delusion, head game, illusion

    the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
    feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation

    the act of giving a false appearance
    impersonation, imposture

    pretending to be another person

    a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
    bluff, four flush

    the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards

    the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone
    dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on

    something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage

    artful trickery designed to achieve an end

    an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
    appearance, show

    pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
    make-believe, pretend

    the enactment of a pretense
    affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose

    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

    making a false outward show
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    falsification, misrepresentation

    a willful perversion of facts

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