Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) conceal something, hide one's true feelings, appearance or beliefs
  • How to MemorizePopularity LowProfessional LowSocial
    • dissemble facts/information/feelings
  • Analysis
    If you 'dissemble' something it means to take on the guise or pretence of something else. To dissemble implies an element of deceit, the phrase, therefore, has a negative connotation. "She dissembled sympathy for her client then rushed out to profit from her findings." "Do not dissemble the facts with us. We are aware of the reality all too well." This is a formal expression usually used in professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The newspaper accused the government of dissembling the facts about the arms deal in an attempt to avoid any negative media coverage.
    2. Tom is a very open person who is not usually one to dissemble, but I don't think he was being sincere when he said that he doesn't care whether he passes the exam tomorrow.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. We cannot continue to do business with that company. Ever since we began working with them they have consistently lied, prevaricated, and dissembled. Enough is enough!
    2. The country's government was accused of dissembling data related to the outbreak and concealing the extent of harm.
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