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Dissemble Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    dissemble v
  1. make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: feign, sham, pretend, affect]
  2. hide under a false appearance; "He masked his disappointment" [syn: cloak, mask]
  3. behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting" [syn: pretend, act]
Dissemble Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. 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 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.
Dissemble Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dissemble \Dis*sem"ble\, v. i. To conceal the real fact, motives, ?tention, 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.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Dissemble'


A lie (also called prevarication, falsehood) is a known untruth expressed as truth.

A lie is a type of deception in the form of an untruthful statement, especially with the intention to deceive others, often with the further intention to maintain a secret or reputation, protect someone's feelings or to avoid a punishment or repercussion for one's actions. To lie is to state something that one knows to be false or that one does not honestly believe to be true with the intention that a person will take it for the truth. A liar is a person who is lying, who has previously lied, or who tends by nature to lie repeatedly - even when not necessary.

Lying is typically used to refer to deceptions in oral or written communication. Other forms of deception, such as disguises or forgeries, are generally not considered lies, though the underlying intent may be the same. However, even a true statement can be used to deceive. In this situation, it is the intent of being overall untruthful rather than the truthfulness of any individual statement that is considered the lie. As in the boy who cried wolf.

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