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unmask

[uhn-mask, -mahsk] /ʌnˈmæsk, -ˈmɑsk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strip a mask or disguise from.
2.
to reveal the true character of; disclose; expose.
3.
Military. to reveal the presence of (guns) by firing.
verb (used without object)
4.
to put off one's mask; appear in true nature.
Origin of unmask
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; un-2 + mask
Related forms
unmasker, noun

masked

[maskt, mahskt] /mæskt, mɑskt/
adjective
1.
using or wearing a mask or masks:
a masked burglar; masked actors.
2.
disguised; concealed; hidden:
masked treachery; masked forces.
3.
Botany. personate2 (def 1).
4.
Zoology. having markings that resemble a mask.
Origin
First recorded in 1575-85; mask + -ed3
Related forms
unmasked, adjective
well-masked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unmasked
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  • No battery was ever unmasked with more promptitiude than Hiram advanced from behind the tree at this summons.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The domino had risen, and was unmasked—his face was that of the Duc d'Olivares.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • I hadnt the least idea until they unmasked that Harriet, Rita and Daisy were the three witches.

  • If you refuse, at the end of five minutes the police will have unmasked you!'

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • It gave her startled face, so suddenly and sharply revealed, an unmasked aspect as she turned from Cora to him.

    Fidelity Susan Glaspell
British Dictionary definitions for unmasked

masked

/mɑːskt/
adjective
1.
disguised or covered by or as if by a mask
2.
(botany) another word for personate2

unmask

/ʌnˈmɑːsk/
verb
1.
to remove (the mask or disguise) from (someone or oneself)
2.
to appear or cause to appear in true character
3.
(transitive) (military) to make evident the presence of (weapons), either by firing or by the removal of camouflage, etc
Derived Forms
unmasker, noun
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Word Origin and History for unmasked

unmask

v.

1580s in figurative sense, c.1600 in literal sense, from un- (2) + mask (v.). Related: Unmasked; unmasking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unmasked in Medicine

masked adj.

  1. Latent or hidden, as a symptom or disease.

  2. Having masklike markings on the head or face.

  3. Having the anatomy of the next developmental form outlined beneath the integument, as in certain insect pupae.

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