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unmask

[ uhn-mask, -mahsk ]
/ ʌnˈmæsk, -ˈmɑsk /
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verb (used with object)

to strip a mask or disguise from.
to reveal the true character of; disclose; expose.
Military. to reveal the presence of (guns) by firing.

verb (used without object)

to put off one's mask; appear in true nature.

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Origin of unmask

First recorded in 1580–90; un-2 + mask

OTHER WORDS FROM unmask

un·mask·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unmask

unmask
/ (ʌnˈmɑːsk) /

verb

to remove (the mask or disguise) from (someone or oneself)
to appear or cause to appear in true character
(tr) military to make evident the presence of (weapons), either by firing or by the removal of camouflage, etc

Derived forms of unmask

unmasker, noun
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