dissimulation dissimulation


  • (n) the act of deceiving



  1. Motives for dissimulation took on many shadings, but the essential intent was to minimize friction during passage through an often abrasive society.
  2. The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli's great handbook of statesmanly dissimulation, has been studied long and passionately by Benito Mussolinion his own confession.
  3. Although he championed dissimulation, he was incapable of it: he refused to flatter fools and regularly mouthed off to superiors.


  • Movie Review: 'The Spectacular Now' -- 2.5 stars

    There's a great performance at the heart of "The Spectacular Now," director James Ponsoldt's sensitive portrait of teenage anguish and dissimulation. It's delivered by Miles Teller, an up-and-coming actor best known for his work in "Rabbit Hole" and the "Footloose" remake.
    on August 2, 2013     Source: amNewYork


  1. "If they had respected his skills in dissimulation and viewed him with skepticism, they would have not allowed him to spring surprises on them," Lee noted.
    on Apr 4, 2008 By: Lee Kuan Yew Source: Earthtimes (press release)

  2. Lepsius concluded with this rhetorical question: "Is this a religious persecution or is it not?" "And at a time when jihadist violence from Darfur to Ground Zero has spilled so much innocent blood, dissimulation about the jihad of 1915...
    on Aug 25, 2007 By: Karl Richard Lepsius Source: American Thinker

  3. Aurangzeb, Bernier says, "was devoid of that urbanity and engaging presence, so much admired in Dara...... He was reserved, subtle, and a complete master of the art of dissimulation."
    on Sep 4, 2009 By: Francois Bernier Source: Business Standard

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