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[uhn-mask, -mahsk] /ʌnˈmæsk, -ˈmɑsk/
verb (used with object)
to strip a mask or disguise from.
to reveal the true character of; disclose; expose.
Military. to reveal the presence of (guns) by firing.
verb (used without object)
to put off one's mask; appear in true nature.
Origin of unmask
1580-90; un-2 + mask
Related forms
unmasker, noun Unabridged
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  • Do not fear me; I may not unmask even to thee, for spies may still be near me.

    Comic Tragedies Louisa M. Alcott
  • Him, his own high-born pupil was enabled to unmask, and his disgrace was visited on me.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The promise was made above, to unmask some of the hideous affinities of the anti-slavery theory.

    A Defence of Virginia Robert L. Dabney
  • It was impossible to unmask that man unless by a long and careful action.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • He ordered the doors to be immediately closed, and desired all to unmask.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • "You will be a mystery to me even when you unmask," replied the mask gravely.

British Dictionary definitions for unmask


to remove (the mask or disguise) from (someone or oneself)
to appear or cause to appear in true character
(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

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

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