- to strip a mask or disguise from.
- to reveal the true character of; disclose; expose.
- Military. to reveal the presence of (guns) by firing.
- to put off one's mask; appear in true nature.
Origin of unmask
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Examples from the Web for unmask
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But, in this week's Newsweek, Jacob Bernstein says her departure may unmask another culprit.Spider-Man's Real Villain
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Him, his own high-born pupil was enabled to unmask, and his disgrace was visited on me.Night and Morning, Complete
I would stake my life upon it they will unmask Olivia at once.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
It was impossible to unmask that man unless by a long and careful action.
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In her proper person she is prodigal if she unmask her beauty to the moon.Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
- 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
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Word Origin and History for unmask
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