- 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
- backing(def 4).
- Psychology. obscuring, partially or completely, one sensory process by another, as the dulling of the sense of taste by smoking.
Origin of masking
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Examples from the Web for unmasking
Really though, we would have to go back at least a decade for this to count as real “unmasking.”Bravo’s ‘Online Dating Rituals’ Reveals American Males Are Creepy and Want Sex
March 10, 2014
And what you know can just as well be a source of sympathy as well as a provocation to unmasking.The Perils of Biography in the Bradlee-Himmelman Storm
May 20, 2012
Luckily, unmasking perpetrators is the bedrock of the Ahndoril writing philosophy.It’s Not Easy Being Swede
June 17, 2011
We are in luck to get here in time enough for the unmasking.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
In the meantime, while this unmasking was taking place Frank had not been idle.Frank Merriwell's Bravery
Burt L. Standish
They were not all in masks; and there didn't seem to be any regular hour for unmasking.A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories
William D. Howells
That once decided, the unmasking will fall in as a natural consequence.A Bid for Fortune
His unmasking of Christian morality, he says, is an event unequalled in history.Philosophy and The Social Problem
- the act or practice of masking
- psychol the process by which a stimulus (usually visual or auditory) is obscured by the presence of another almost simultaneous stimulus
- 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
Word Origin and History for unmasking
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The concealment or the screening of one sensory process or sensation by another.
- An opaque covering used to camouflage the metal parts of a prosthesis.
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