disguise

A disguise is something you put on so no one recognizes you. It also can be used as a verb. You can disguise yourself with a wig and mustache; that's a great disguise.

Disguise can be used anytime you're talking about concealing or hiding something. Most of the time we think of a disguise as something you wear, but you can also disguise your feelings. Criminals might disguise their intentions. You can also use the word to describe something that seems to be one thing, but turns out to be another. You missed the plane, but then the plane crashed. That's a blessing in disguise.

Definitions of disguise
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n any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity

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fancy dress, masquerade, masquerade costume
a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
mask
a covering to disguise or conceal the face
domino, eye mask, half mask
a mask covering the upper part of the face but with holes for the eyes
false face
a mask worn as part of a masquerade costume
Type of:
attire, dress, garb
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

n the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance

“he is a master of disguise
Synonyms:
camouflage
Type of:
concealing, concealment, hiding
the activity of keeping something secret

n an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something

“the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories”
Synonyms:
camouflage
Type of:
color, colour, gloss, semblance
an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

v make unrecognizable

“We disguised our faces before robbing the bank”
Synonyms:
mask
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cloak, dissemble, mask
hide under a false appearance
dissimulate
hide (feelings) from other people
masquerade
take part in a masquerade
camouflage
disguise by camouflaging; exploit the natural surroundings to disguise something
Type of:
conceal, hide
prevent from being seen or discovered

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