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dissemble

(dĭ-sĕm′bl)
To mislead, to give a false impression, or to conceal the truth.
References in classic literature ?
But if a man cannot obtain to that judgment, then it is left to bim generally, to be close, and a dissembler. For where a man cannot choose, or vary in particulars, there it is good to take the safest, and wariest way, in general; like the going softly, by one that cannot well see.
For the second, which is dissimulation; it followeth many times upon secrecy, by a necessity; so that he that will be secret, must be a dissembler in some degree.
According to the royal father and cleric, it is noteworthy that under the present administration, ''dissemblers like Boko Haram and other anarchists have tasted the bitter pills.'
To that, Fox notes that Orlando's time with Sasha bears signs of influence from Hakluyt's accounts of the first Russian ambassador's visit to London in the mid-sixteenth century (46), while Orlando's thoughts about Russia itself and the insults he sends toward Sasha's fleeing vessel refer to Hakluyt's description of Russian people as "great talkers and lyers, without any faith or trust in their words, flatterers and dissemblers" (qtd in Fox, 48).
Examples include More Dissemblers Besides Women (1615) where a dancing master's complaint about a page's performance includes 'O, O, O, O!
Her parents were frantic dissemblers who struggled to conceal scandals of illegitimacy, abandonment and institutionalisation.
Since to deal with political unpredictability requires that the princes rationality fosters his or her own unpredictability, foxes are the symbol of cunning rationality, or metis, because they not only recognize snares, but are also pretenders, dissemblers, traitors, and are unpredictable (Machiavelli 1998, [1515], XVIII, XIX; see also Blanchard, 1984; Pitkin, 1984; Rebhorn, 1988).
Our great freedom is that we are not politicians, nor dissemblers for profit.
You can't be successful with dissemblers. This couldn't be accomplished with bigot and radical people.
Regina Buccola interrogates the issue of gender issues in Shakespeare and Middleton by considering Measure for Measure alongside More Dissemblers Besides Women.
Consider that even political dissemblers in New York state, for instance, are hardly likely to question the patriotism of Empire State companies for incorporating in Delaware.