dissimulation


noun

  1. the act of dissimulating; feigning; hypocrisy.
n.

late 14c., from Old French dissimulation (12c.), from Latin dissimulationem (nominative dissimulatio) “a disguising, concealment,” noun of action from past participle stem of dissimulare “make unlike, conceal, disguise,” from dis- “completely” + simulare “pretend, assume, simulate” (see simulation).

n.

  1. Concealment of the truth about a situation, especially about a state of health, as by a malingerer.

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