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unmask

[uhn-mask, -mahsk] /ʌnˈmæsk, -ˈmɑsk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strip a mask or disguise from.
2.
to reveal the true character of; disclose; expose.
3.
Military. to reveal the presence of (guns) by firing.
verb (used without object)
4.
to put off one's mask; appear in true nature.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; un-2 + mask
Related forms
unmasker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unmask

unmask

/ʌnˈmɑːsk/
verb
1.
to remove (the mask or disguise) from (someone or oneself)
2.
to appear or cause to appear in true character
3.
(transitive) (military) to make evident the presence of (weapons), either by firing or by the removal of camouflage, etc
Derived Forms
unmasker, noun
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Word Origin and History for unmask
v.

1580s in figurative sense, c.1600 in literal sense, from un- (2) + mask (v.). Related: Unmasked; unmasking.

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