Many have pointed out since that such tactics were designed to mask his guilt.
A stoic figure in a white floor length dress and razor-tailored bodice was accessorized with a giant bull skull as a mask.
He has an undescribed “medical condition,” and even feeds himself by sucking up a food substitute through a straw under his mask.
If Petraeus permitted his mask to slip in front of Broadwell, it seems to have done so only in off-the-record moments.
The Syrian military has also been known to mix more and less-lethal gasses in order to mask the use of chemical weapons.
But woe to him who doesn't know how to wear his mask, be he king or Pope!
The next night was given the mask Ball in honor of the committee.
We forget that personality once meant, not the soul, but the soul's mask.
The monk pulled off his mask and flung his robe in the corner.
But he had not any such message for Daddy Joe, and felt trivial in his mask.
1530s, from Middle French masque "covering to hide or guard the face" (16c.), from Italian maschera, from Medieval Latin masca "mask, specter, nightmare," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic maskharah "buffoon, mockery," from sakhira "be mocked, ridiculed." Or via Provençal mascarar, Catalan mascarar, Old French mascurer "to black (the face)," perhaps from a Germanic source akin to English mesh (q.v.). But cf. Occitan mascara "to blacken, darken," derived from mask- "black," which is held to be from a pre-Indo-European language, and Old Occitan masco "witch," surviving in dialects; in Beziers it means "dark cloud before the rain comes." [See Walther von Wartburg, "Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch: Eine Darstellung galloromanischen sprachschatzes"]. Figurative use by 1570s.
1560s, "take part in a masquerade;" 1570s, "to disguise;" 1580s, "to wear a mask," from mask (n.). Figurative use by 1580s. Extended sense of "to disguise" is attested from 1847. Related: Masked; masking. Masking tape recorded from 1927; so called because it is used to block out certain surfaces before painting.
"masquerade, masked ball," 1510s, from Middle French masque; see mask (n.), with which it was originally identical. It developed a special sense of "amateur theatrical performance" (1560s) in Elizabethan times, when such entertainments (originally performed in masks) were popular among the nobility.
A covering for the nose and mouth that is used for inhaling oxygen or an anesthetic.
A covering worn over the nose and mouth, as by a surgeon or dentist, to prevent infection.
A facial bandage.
Something, often a trait, that disguises or conceals.
Any of a various of conditions producing alteration or discoloration of the skin of the face.
An expressionless appearance of the face seen in certain diseases, such as Parkinsonism.
To cover with a protective mask.
To cover in order to conceal, protect, or disguise.