[dis-gahyz, dih-skahyz]
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verb (used with object), dis·guised, dis·guis·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to conceal or cover up the truth or actual character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; misrepresent: to disguise one's intentions.
  1. 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.
  2. the makeup, mask, costume, or overall changed appearance of an entertainer: a clown's disguise.
  3. the act of disguising: to speak without disguise.
  4. the state of being disguised; masquerade: The gods appeared in disguise.

Origin of disguise

1275–1325; Middle English disg(u)isen < Anglo-French, Old French de(s)guiser, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -guiser, derivative of guise guise
Related formsdis·guis·a·ble, adjectivedis·guis·ed·ly, adverbdis·guis·ed·ness, noundis·guis·er, noundis·guise·ment, nounnon·dis·guised, adjectivepre·dis·guise, noun, verb (used with object), pre·dis·guised, pre·dis·guis·ing.un·dis·guis·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·guised, adjectiveun·dis·guis·ed·ly, adverbwell-dis·guised, adjective

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Contemporary Examples of undisguised

  • Cohen's response to me confirms, not dispels, that undisguised reality.

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    A Hollow Call For "Justice"

    Hussein Ibish

    September 17, 2012

  • The war between Emanuel, the maniacally disciplined “Rambo” of White House notoriety, and the union leadership is undisguised.

  • In late-night circles, where some are watching the experiment of putting Leno on the air in prime time with undisguised malice.

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    Leno's Regrets

    Kim Masters

    May 31, 2009

Historical Examples of undisguised

British Dictionary definitions for undisguised


  1. not disguised or concealedwith undisguised glee


  1. to modify the appearance or manner in order to conceal the identity of (oneself, someone, or something)
  2. (tr) to misrepresent in order to obscure the actual nature or meaningto disguise the facts
  1. a mask, costume, or manner that disguises
  2. the act of disguising or the state of being disguised
Derived Formsdisguisable, adjectivedisguised, adjectivedisguisedly (dɪsˈɡaɪzɪdlɪ), adverbdisguiser, noun

Word Origin for disguise

C14: from Old French desguisier, from des- dis- 1 + guise manner; see guise
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Word Origin and History for undisguised

c.1500, in reference to things, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of disguise (v.). Of persons, attested from 1670s.



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with undisguised


see blessing in disguise.

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