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[kuh n-seel] /kənˈsil/
verb (used with object)
to hide; withdraw or remove from observation; cover or keep from sight:
He concealed the gun under his coat.
to keep secret; to prevent or avoid disclosing or divulging:
to conceal one's identity by using a false name.
Origin of conceal
1275-1325; Middle English conselen, concelen < Anglo-French conceler < Latin concēlāre, equivalent to con- con- + cēlāre to hide (akin to hull1, Greek koleón scabbard (see Coleoptera); cf. occult)
Related forms
concealable, adjective
concealability, noun
concealedly, adverb
concealedness, noun
concealer, noun
half-concealed, adjective
half-concealing, adjective
preconceal, verb (used with object)
reconceal, verb (used with object)
semiconcealed, adjective
subconcealed, adjective
unconcealed, adjective
unconcealing, adjective
unconcealingly, adverb
well-concealed, adjective
1. See hide1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unconcealed
Historical Examples
  • Blanche's friend regarded him with unconcealed and flattering approval.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Philo Gubb stared at his visitor with unconcealed admiration.

  • A mob of women gazed up at him and its one expression was unconcealed wrath.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Dancing now regarded the operator with unconcealed impatience.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • She seemed all innocently unaware of his unconcealed disgust.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • "No one in the world," he answered her in a murmur of unconcealed despair.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • After that he stepped back a pace and surveyed the pair with unconcealed interest.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • Noting her hesitation, he came forward with unconcealed eagerness.

  • Adjusting them to her eyes, she stared at her neighbors with unconcealed curiosity.

    The Wall Between

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • "Just like the rest of us, I suppose," Wilholm said with unconcealed hostility.

British Dictionary definitions for unconcealed


(of feelings, attitudes, etc) not hidden or concealed; open


verb (transitive)
to keep from discovery; hide
to keep secret
Derived Forms
concealable, adjective
concealer, noun
concealment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French conceler, from Latin concēlāre, from com- (intensive) + cēlāre to hide
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Word Origin and History for unconcealed



early 14c., concelen, from Old French conceler "to hide, conceal, dissimulate," from Latin concelare "to hide," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + celare "to hide," from PIE root *kel- "to hide" (see cell). Replaced Old English deagan. Related: Concealed; concealing.

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