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Dissembling Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    dissembling adj : concealing under a false appearance with the intent to deceive; "dissimulative arts" [syn: dissimulating, dissimulative] n
  1. pretending with intention to deceive [syn: pretense, pretence, feigning]
  2. the act of deceiving [syn: deception, deceit, dissimulation]
Dissembling 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.
Dissembling Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dissembling \Dis*sem"bling\, a. That dissembles; hypocritical; false. -- Dis*sem"bling*ly, adv.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Dissembling'


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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* Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York, And all the clouds that loured upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths, Our bruised arms hung up for monuments, Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them,-- Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun. - William Shakespeare


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