- 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 undisguised
Cohen's response to me confirms, not dispels, that undisguised reality.A Hollow Call For "Justice"
September 17, 2012
The war between Emanuel, the maniacally disciplined “Rambo” of White House notoriety, and the union leadership is undisguised.After Wisconsin’s Recall, Rahm Emanuel’s Labor Battle
June 7, 2012
In late-night circles, where some are watching the experiment of putting Leno on the air in prime time with undisguised malice.Leno's Regrets
May 31, 2009
This declaration was heard by Almeria with undisguised satisfaction.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Miss Dorcas, too, had heard it, and shrunk from its undisguised profanity.Meadow Grass
In this, as in everything else, I shall show the undisguised emotions of my soul.The Letters of Robert Burns
There was something furtive about his manner, for all he was undisguised.
Then, before we see his body, should we not ask him to show us his soul, naked and undisguised?Charmides
- not disguised or concealedwith undisguised glee
- 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 undisguised
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 undisguised
see blessing in disguise.