Our word dissemble looks like it should mean disassemble, as in "to take apart:" "Don't bother disassembling that IKEA furniture before you move. Just throw it out. Trust me."
The roots inside this word literally mean "to completely imitate," or more abstractly, "to conceal, to disguise."
"Looking at the tape of her statement, it is remarkable how smoothly she dissembles."
Explain the meaning of "dissemble" without saying "feign" or "pretend."
In Philip Pullman's series His Dark Materials, the character Lyra Belacqua is known as a talented dissembler. She lies her way out of anything, and even becomes known later as Lyra Silvertongue. Come to think of it, her first name sounds like Liar.
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1. A near opposite of DISSEMBLING is
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