To masquerade means "to pretend to be someone else." If you masquerade as a sweet, kind-hearted person, you present that image to the world, hiding your true identity as a jerk who has rage issues.

As a verb, masquerade can also mean to dress up as someone else, in costume. At the parade, you will masquerade as the court jester, wearing a purple outfit and bells and tossing candy to little kids. The noun masquerade refers to both your costume, which usually includes a mask, and the event where you will wear it. The fun is in hiding your real identity for the night.

Definitions of masquerade
  1. noun
    a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
    synonyms: mask, masque, masquerade party
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    fancy-dress ball, masked ball, masquerade ball
    a ball at which guests wear costumes and masks
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    a group of people gathered together for pleasure
  2. noun
    a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
    synonyms: fancy dress, masquerade costume
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    type of:
    the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball
    any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
  3. noun
    making a false outward show
    “a beggar's masquerade of wealth”
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    type of:
    feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation
    the act of giving a false appearance
  4. verb
    take part in a masquerade
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    type of:
    disguise, mask
    make unrecognizable
  5. verb
    pretend to be someone or something that you are not
    “he is masquerading as an expert on the internet”
    “This silly novel is masquerading as a serious historical treaty”
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    type of:
    impersonate, personate, pose
    pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions
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