dissembling

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
  1. noun
    pretending with intention to deceive
    synonyms: feigning, pretence, pretense
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    bluff
    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
    putoff
    a pretext for delay or inaction
    crocodile tears
    a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping
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    deceit, deception, misrepresentation
    a misleading falsehood
  2. noun
    the act of deceiving
    synonyms: deceit, deception, dissimulation
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    fakery
    the act of faking (or the product of faking)
    indirection
    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
    obscurantism
    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
    take-in
    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
    jugglery
    artful trickery designed to achieve an end
    gerrymander
    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
    masquerade
    making a false outward show
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    falsification, misrepresentation
    a willful perversion of facts
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