To dissemble is to hide under a false appearance, to deceive. "When confronted about their human rights record, the Chinese government typically dissembles."

Dissemble is a little more complicated than a straight lie or denial. When you dissemble, you disguise your true intentions or feelings behind a false appearance. To dissemble is to pretend that you don't know something, to pretend that you think one way when you act another way. "My boyfriend was dissembling the whole time. He was a married father of two."

Definitions of dissemble
  1. verb
    behave unnaturally or affectedly
    synonyms: act, pretend
    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
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    assume, feign, sham, simulate
    make a pretence of
    pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
    deceive by a mock action
  2. verb
    make believe with the intent to deceive
    synonyms: affect, feign, pretend, sham
    make, make believe, pretend
    represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
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    play possum
    to pretend to be dead
    take a dive
    pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer
    bull, bullshit, fake, talk through one's hat
    speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths
    articulate silently; form words with the lips only
    lip-sync, lip-synch
    move the lips in synchronization (with recorded speech or song)
    type of:
    belie, misrepresent
    represent falsely
  3. verb
    hide under a false appearance
    synonyms: cloak, mask
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    type of:
    disguise, mask
    make unrecognizable
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