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; 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.
British Dictionary definitions for un disguised
disguise (dɪsˈɡaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to modify the appearance or manner in order to conceal the identity of (oneself, someone, or something)
2.  (tr) to misrepresent in order to obscure the actual nature or meaning: to disguise the facts
 
n
3.  a mask, costume, or manner that disguises
4.  the act of disguising or the state of being disguised
 
[C14: from Old French desguisier, from des-dis-1 + guise manner; see guise]
 
dis'guisable
 
adj
 
dis'guised
 
adj
 
disguisedly
 
adv
 
dis'guiser
 
n

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Word Origin and History for un disguised
disguise
early 14c., from O.Fr. desguisier, from des- "away, off" + guise "style, appearance." Originally primarily "to put out of one's usual manner" (of dress, etc.); noun meaning "a garb assumed in order to deceive" is first recorded 14c. Original 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]
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