- to change the appearance or guise of so as to conceal identity or mislead, as by means of deceptive garb: The king was disguised as a peasant.
- to conceal or cover up the truth or actual character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; misrepresent: to disguise one's intentions.
- that which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.: Noble words can be the disguise of base intentions.
- the makeup, mask, costume, or overall changed appearance of an entertainer: a clown's disguise.
- the act of disguising: to speak without disguise.
- the state of being disguised; masquerade: The gods appeared in disguise.
Origin of disguise
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Examples from the Web for disguised
For two decades Sue Sally (“Sal”) Hale disguised herself as a man so that she could play in matches with men around the country.Breaking Polo's Grass Ceiling
August 20, 2014
Richardson disguised model consent forms as “sign-in” papers for a topless shoot.How Terry Richardson Paid His Way Out of Trouble
The Daily Beast
June 17, 2014
Local accounts vary, but it is reported that at least some of the militants were disguised Airport Security Force uniforms.Pakistani Taliban Threatens More Attacks After Deadly Airport Siege
June 9, 2014
I think they looked at it as an opportunity to effectively get disguised financing…that is going to be repaid at a premium.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
March 13, 2014
The idea that liberalism was a disguised form of fascism became an article of faith for many in the New Left.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
January 26, 2014
Did he recognise, disguised as it was by pain and sorrow, that voice?Night and Morning, Complete
And so it was that I married you disguised as a human maiden.The Chinese Fairy Book
At the end of half-an-hour we were disguised; an hour later we were in Lorraine.
To him he owed it that he was thus bound, masked, disguised!
Or is it a factory, disguised with a veneer of the Puginesque?The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- to modify the appearance or manner in order to conceal the identity of (oneself, someone, or something)
- (tr) to misrepresent in order to obscure the actual nature or meaningto disguise the facts
- a mask, costume, or manner that disguises
- the act of disguising or the state of being disguised
Word Origin and History for disguised
c.1300, from Old French desguiser (11c.) "disguise, change one's appearance," from des- "away, off" (see dis-) + guise "style, appearance" (see guise). Originally primarily "to put out of one's usual manner" (of dress, etc.). Oldest sense preserved in phrase disguised with liquor (1560s).
It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety. [Thomas de Quincy, "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater," 1856]
Related: Disguised; disguising.
c.1400, "strange style of dress" (especially one meant to deceive), from disguise (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with disguised
see blessing in disguise.