He was supposed to come back to “masquerade the relationship,” but no such luck.
They masquerade as intellectual contests, but are really just showcases for rhetorical cleverness and public charisma.
And it says something depressing about our country that it is permitted to masquerade as the former.
1590s, "assembly of people wearing masks and disguises," from French mascarade or Spanish mascarada "masked party or dance," from Italian mascarata "a ball at which masks are worn," variant of mascherata "masquerade," from maschera (see mask (n.)). Figurative sense of "false outward show" is from 1670s.
1650s, from masquerade (n.). Related: Masqueraded; masquerading.