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disguise

[dis-gahyz, dih-skahyz] /dɪsˈgaɪz, dɪˈskaɪz/
verb (used with object), disguised, disguising.
1.
to change the appearance or guise of so as to conceal identity or mislead, as by means of deceptive garb:
The king was disguised as a peasant.
2.
to conceal or cover up the truth or actual character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; misrepresent:
to disguise one's intentions.
noun
3.
that which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.:
Noble words can be the disguise of base intentions.
4.
the makeup, mask, costume, or overall changed appearance of an entertainer:
a clown's disguise.
5.
the act of disguising:
to speak without disguise.
6.
the state of being disguised; masquerade:
The gods appeared in disguise.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English disg(u)isen < Anglo-French, Old French de(s)guiser, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -guiser, derivative of guise guise
Related forms
disguisable, adjective
disguisedly, adverb
disguisedness, noun
disguiser, noun
disguisement, noun
nondisguised, adjective
predisguise, noun, verb (used with object), predisguised, predisguising.
undisguisable, adjective
undisguised, adjective
undisguisedly, adverb
well-disguised, adjective
Synonyms
2. cloak, mask, hide, dissemble.
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British Dictionary definitions for disguise

disguise

/dɪsˈɡaɪz/
verb
1.
to modify the appearance or manner in order to conceal the identity of (oneself, someone, or something)
2.
(transitive) to misrepresent in order to obscure the actual nature or meaning: to disguise the facts
noun
3.
a mask, costume, or manner that disguises
4.
the act of disguising or the state of being disguised
Derived Forms
disguisable, adjective
disguised, adjective
disguisedly (dɪsˈɡaɪzɪdlɪ) adverb
disguiser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French desguisier, from des-dis-1 + guise manner; see guise
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Word Origin and History for disguise
v.

c.1300, from Old French desguiser (11c.) "disguise, change one's appearance," from des- "away, off" (see dis-) + guise "style, appearance" (see guise). Originally primarily "to put out of one's usual manner" (of dress, etc.). Oldest sense preserved in phrase disguised with liquor (1560s).

It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety. [Thomas de Quincy, "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater," 1856]
Related: Disguised; disguising.

n.

c.1400, "strange style of dress" (especially one meant to deceive), from disguise (v.).

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