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an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
"the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"
any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance
"he is a master of disguise"
"The herb masks the garlic taste"; "We disguised our faces before robbing the bank"
An attire (e.g. clothing) used to hide one's identity or assume another.
That cape and mask complete his disguise
The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
The act of disguising, notably as a ploy
Any disguise may expose soldiers to be deemed enemy spies
To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.
Spies often disguise themselves.
To prevent giving away or revealing (something secret).
He disguised his true intentions.
Etymology: disgisen, disguisen, borrowed from desguiser (modern déguiser), itself derived from des- "dis-" (from dis-) + guise "guise" (from a Germanic source).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
They generally act in a disguise themselves, and therefore mistake all outward show and appearances for hypocrisy in others. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 170.
You see we’ve burnt our cheeks; and mine own tongue
Splits what it speaks: the wild disguise hath almost
Antickt us. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.
A sudden thought then starting in his mind,
Since I in Arcite cannot Arcite find,
The world may search in vain with all their eyes,
But never penetrate through this disguise. John Dryden, Fables.
Hence guilty joys, distastes, surmises,
False oaths, false tears, deceits, disguises. Alexander Pope.
Etymology: deguiser, French; dis and guise.
How might we disguise him?
———— Alas, I know not: there is no woman’s gown big enough for him. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
Disguis’d he came; but those his children dear
Their parent soon discern’d, though in disguise. John Milton, P. L.
They saw the faces, which too well they knew,
Though then disguis’d in death, and smear’d all o’er
With filth obscene, and dropping putrid gore. John Dryden, Æn.
Ulysses wakes, not knowing the place where he was; because Minerva made all things appear in a disguised view. Alexander Pope.
I have just left the right worshipful, and his myrmidons, about a sneaker of five gallons: the whole magistracy was pretty well disguised before I gave them the slip. Spectator.
A disguise can be anything which conceals or changes a person's physical appearance, including a wig, glasses, makeup, fake moustache, costume or other items. Camouflage is a type of disguise for people, animals and objects. Hats, glasses, changes in hair style or wigs, plastic surgery, and make-up are also used. Disguises can be used by criminals, terrorists, and secret agents seeking to avoid identification. A person working for an agency trying to get information might go 'undercover' to get information without being recognised by the public; a celebrity may go 'incognito' in order to avoid unwelcome press attention. In comic books and films, disguises are often used by superheroes, and in science fiction they may be used by aliens. Dressing up in costumes is a Halloween tradition.
to change the guise or appearance of; especially, to conceal by an unusual dress, or one intended to mislead or deceive
to hide by a counterfeit appearance; to cloak by a false show; to mask; as, to disguise anger; to disguise one's sentiments, character, or intentions
to affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate
a dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception; as, persons doing unlawful acts in disguise are subject to heavy penalties
artificial language or manner assumed for deception; false appearance; counterfeit semblance or show
change of manner by drink; intoxication
a masque or masquerade
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dis-gīz′, v.t. to change the guise or appearance of: to conceal by a dress intended to deceive, or by a counterfeit manner and appearance: to intoxicate (usually 'disguised in liquor')—n. a dress intended to conceal the wearer: a false appearance: change of behaviour in intoxication.—adv. Disguis′edly.—ns. Disguis′edness; Disguise′ment; Disguis′er; Disguis′ing. [O. Fr. desguiser—des, neg., guise, manner, guise.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Ships in all times have been permitted to assume disguise to impose upon enemies, and obtain from countries in their possession commodities of which they stand in need.
The numerical value of disguise in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of disguise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of disguise in a Sentence
It's not a continuation of the old company in a new disguise, everything is new.
The trade war was actually a blessing in disguise.
Another belief of mine that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
Generational curses are actually blessings in disguise; the mistakes were already made for you, now all you have to do is apply the solutions.
You would hide trades, say the profit was from something else, manipulate pricing to disguise where it came from, all so you didn't have to give up the idea to the boss.
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- маскирам, дегизиране, прикривам, маскиранеBulgarian
- Tarnung, verstellen, VerkleidungGerman
- pantalla, tapadera, disfraz, disfrazarSpanish
- valepuku, naamiointi, valeasu, naamioida, peittää, salata, naamioituaFinnish
- déguisement, déguiserFrench
- álcáz, álruha, álcaHungarian
- преправа, прикрива, престорува, затскриваMacedonian
- mom, verbergen, maskeren, vermomming, verhullenDutch
- esconder, disfarce, disfarçarPortuguese
- deghiza, masca, deghizare, mascareRomanian
- скрывать, маскироваться, маскировка, замаскироваться, скрытьRussian
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