I am wondering what prepositions (if any) should follow "dissemble," as I don't hear this word that often, although I think it is a good term to use in the following sentence: "Benjamin Franklin dissembled as a widowed old woman and wrote opinionated letters to the newspaper." The online dictionaries I've consulted say that dissemble is both transitive and intransitive. I believe the use in the above sentence is intransitive. Also, it is possible to dissemble to others, is it not? "The emperor dissembled to the troops that he was experienced in war" or something like that.... maybe "dissembled to the people as a peasant so they wouldn't recognize him."