disguise
I. transitive verb (disguised; disguising) Etymology: Middle English disgisen, from Anglo-French desguiser, deguiser, from des- dis- + guise guise Date: 14th century 1. a. to change the customary dress or appearance of b. to furnish with a false appearance or an assumed identity 2. obsolete disfigure 3. to obscure the existence or true state or character of ; conceal <
unable to disguise his true feelings
>
disguisedly adverbdisguisement noundisguiser noun Synonyms: disguise, cloak, mask mean to alter the dress or appearance of so as to conceal the identity or true nature. disguise implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity <
disguised herself as a peasant
>
. cloak suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention <
cloaked their maneuvers in secrecy
>
. mask suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something <
smiling to mask his discontent
>
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. apparel assumed to conceal one's identity or counterfeit another's 2. the act of disguising 3. a. form misrepresenting the true nature of something <
blessings in disguise
>
b. an artificial manner ; pretense <
threw off all disguise
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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