- 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
Origin of masked
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Related Wordsuncover, expose, disclose, exhibit, show, leak, confess, acknowledge, divulge, unveil, admit, display, bare, unearth, unclothe, announce, tell
Examples from the Web for unmasked
The question audiences of Queen of the Night will face is whether they want to be unmasked and, ultimately, to be seen.Interactive Play ‘Queen of the Night’ Opens at Restored Diamond Horseshoe Club
December 31, 2013
Bold satirical initiatives have unmasked hypocrisy, corruption, and brutality in dictatorships across the world.Celebrate Dictator Appreciation Month
June 20, 2013
Zawahiri says the “true faces of Iran and Hezbollah have been unmasked” by their opposition to al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.Al Qaeda Comeback
April 12, 2013
The hacker group Anonymous said it unmasked the author of an offensive Twitter parody account of school shooter Adam Lanza.Who’s Really Behind the Mysterious Adam Lanza Parody Twitter Account?
December 18, 2012
Terrorists are unlikely to sign up for pre-screening programs and should be unmasked if the program is operating properly.How Obama Can Really Get Serious on Terrorism
January 28, 2010
They had apparently not been there long, for they had not yet unmasked.The First Violin
If you refuse, at the end of five minutes the police will have unmasked you!'A Nest of Spies
Every one was by this unmasked, and eagerly looking to hear what had occurred.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
"He knows we have unmasked his lure," Anita put in smilingly.
The Cuban's lip curled with contempt at the ease with which he had unmasked Stuart.Plotting in Pirate Seas
- disguised or covered by or as if by a mask
- botany another word for personate 2
- 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 unmasked
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Latent or hidden, as a symptom or disease.
- Having masklike markings on the head or face.
- Having the anatomy of the next developmental form outlined beneath the integument, as in certain insect pupae.
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