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
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
3. To affect or change by liquor; to
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
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
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;
4. A masque or masquerade. [Obs.]
Disguise was the old English word for a
masque. B. Jonson.