Dissembling is a tricky way to say "deceiving." If you're good at pretending and lying, you're an expert at dissembling.

Dissembling is a fancy word for being tricky, slippery, and deceitful. This word isn't just for people who lie and commit fraud: it specifically has to do with pretending. If you act like you're sorry you ate the last cookie, but you're secretly happy about it, you're dissembling. A good con man needs to be a master of dissembling. Politicians get accused of dissembling all the time because their speeches sound so phony.

Definitions of dissembling

n pretending with intention to deceive

feigning, pretence, pretense
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pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
pretext, stalking-horse
something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
hypocrisy, lip service
an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
a pretext for delay or inaction
crocodile tears
a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping
Type of:
deceit, deception, misrepresentation
a misleading falsehood

n the act of deceiving

deceit, deception, dissimulation
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the act of faking (or the product of faking)
deceitful action that is not straightforward
chicane, chicanery, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile
the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
double-dealing, duplicity
acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
cheat, cheating
a deception for profit to yourself
delusion, head game, illusion
the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation
the act of giving a false appearance
impersonation, imposture
pretending to be another person
a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
bluff, four flush
the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone
dupery, fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on
something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
artful trickery designed to achieve an end
an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
appearance, show
pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
make-believe, pretend
the enactment of a pretense
affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
making a false outward show
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falsification, misrepresentation
a willful perversion of facts

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