Date: circa 1586 transitive verb 1. to reveal the true nature of ; expose 2. to remove a mask from intransitive verb to remove one's mask

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • unmask — [unmask′] vt. 1. to remove a mask or disguise from 2. to disclose the true nature of; expose; reveal vi. 1. to take off a mask or disguise 2. to appear in true character …   English World dictionary

  • Unmask — Un*mask , v. i. To put off a mask. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unmask — Un*mask , v. t. [1st pref. un + mask.] To strip of a mask or disguise; to lay open; to expose. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unmask — index admit (concede), bare, betray (disclose), clarify, detect, disabuse, disclose …   Law dictionary

  • unmask — 1580s in figurative sense, c.1600 in literal sense, from UN (Cf. un ) (2) + MASK (Cf. mask) (v.). Related: Unmasked; unmasking …   Etymology dictionary

  • unmask — [v] reveal acknowledge, admit, announce, bare, bring out into the open*, bring to light*, come out with, confess, disclose, display, divulge, exhibit, expose, leak, let cat out of the bag*, make known, make public, show, tell, unclothe, uncover,… …   New thesaurus

  • unmask — ► VERB ▪ expose the true character of …   English terms dictionary

  • unmask — UK [ʌnˈmɑːsk] / US [ʌnˈmæsk] verb [transitive] Word forms unmask : present tense I/you/we/they unmask he/she/it unmasks present participle unmasking past tense unmasked past participle unmasked mainly literary to discover the real truth about… …   English dictionary

  • unmask — [[t]ʌ̱nmɑ͟ːsk, mæ̱sk[/t]] unmasks, unmasking, unmasked VERB If you unmask someone or something bad, you show or make known their true nature or character, when they had previously been thought to be good. [V n] Elliott unmasked and confronted the …   English dictionary

  • unmask — unmasker, n. /un mask , mahsk /, v.t. 1. to strip a mask or disguise from. 2. to reveal the true character of; disclose; expose. 3. Mil. to reveal the presence of (guns) by firing. v.i. 4. to put off one s mask; appear in true nature. [1580 90;… …   Universalium

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