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  • Clothing people put on in order to hide their identity.
  • The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
  • To change the appearance of something so as to hide identity.
  • To prevent giving away or revealing something secret.
         He disguised his true intentions.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Dis*guise" (?; 232), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disguised (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Disguising.] [OE. desguisen, disgisen, degisen, OF. desguisier, F. déguiser; pref. des- (L. dis-) + guise. See Guise.] 1. To change the guise or appearance of; especially, to conceal by an unusual dress, or one intended to mislead or deceive.

Bunyan was forced to disguise himself as a wagoner.
Macaulay.

2. To hide by a counterfeit appearance; to cloak by a false show; to mask; as, to disguise anger; to disguise one's sentiments, character, or intentions.

All God's angels come to us disguised.
Lowell.

3. To affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate.

I have just left the right worshipful, and his myrmidons, about a sneaker of five gallons; the whole magistracy was pretty well disguised before I gave them the ship.
Spectator.

Syn. -- To conceal; hide; mask; dissemble; dissimulate; feign; pretend; secrete. See Conceal.

Dis*guise", n. 1. A dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception; as, persons doing unlawful acts in disguise are subject to heavy penalties.

There is no passion which steals into the heart more imperceptibly and covers itself under more disguises, than pride.
Addison.

2. Artificial language or manner assumed for deception; false appearance; counterfeit semblance or show.

That eye which glances through all disguises.
D. Webster.

3. Change of manner by drink; intoxication. Shak.

4. A masque or masquerade. [Obs.]

Disguise was the old English word for a masque.
B. Jonson.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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