dissembling dissembling  /dɪs ˈɛmb lɪŋ/


  1. (n) pretending with intention to deceive
  2. (n) the act of deceiving


  1. The person who rubs his nose every 30 seconds may be dissembling, or he may simply be displaying a lifelong nervous habit.
  2. Moreover, the best liars tend to be the least troubled by their dissembling and produce the fewest outward clues.
  3. In the service of his objectives, he could be, and often was, devious, guileful, manipulative, evasive, dissembling, underhanded, even ruthless.


  • Scenes From Washington’s Most Contentious–and Most Entertaining–Press Briefing

    The White House’s daily televised press briefings have long been known for their low theater: the posturing reporters, the dissembling spokesmen. But lately the better briefing show has been over at the State Department, which holds its own, much lower-profile, daily media session. The key ingredients here include the Obama administration’s rather convoluted positions on issues like Egypt’s ...
    on August 8, 2013     Source: Swampland


  1. Commenting on Brown's evidence to the inquiry, Boyce told the Times: "He's dissembling, he's being disingenuous. It's just not the case that the Ministry of Defence was given everything it needed."
    on Mar 6, 2010 By: Lord Boyce Source: The Guardian

  2. Hoyer added, "When Mr. Cheney talks about President Obama's giving the thoughtful consideration [about war policy] that he is somehow dissembling, frankly they turned tail. That is pretty tough language, but I get angry when I hear Vice President...
    on Dec 1, 2009 By: Steny Hoyer Source: msnbc.com

  3. "We must stop the pattern of dissembling and the misuse of classified information," Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat and the sponsor, told the House.
    on Oct 16, 2007 By: Henry Waxman Source: Reuters

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