disguise

Definitions

  • Dad is Disguised As a Shiek 323
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disguise make unrecognizable "The herb masks the garlic taste","We disguised our faces before robbing the bank"
    • n disguise the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance "he is a master of disguise"
    • n disguise any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
    • n disguise an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The disguised princess speaks to the boy in the myrtle thicket The disguised princess speaks to the boy in the myrtle thicket
Hannibal disguising himself Hannibal disguising himself
Love, disguised as Ascanius, meets with Dido Love, disguised as Ascanius, meets with Dido

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A young criminal walked into a bank and quietly handed the teller a note demanding several thousand dollars. Disguised, the man could have easily gotten away. However, he had idiotically written the note on a piece of his own stationery; it included his full name and address.
    • Disguise A dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception; as, persons doing unlawful acts in disguise are subject to heavy penalties. "There is no passion which steals into the heart more imperceptibly and covers itself under more disguises , than pride."
    • Disguise A masque or masquerade. "Disguise was the old English word for a masque."
    • Disguise Artificial language or manner assumed for deception; false appearance; counterfeit semblance or show. "That eye which glances through all disguises ."
    • Disguise Change of manner by drink; intoxication.
    • Disguise To affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate. "I have just left the right worshipful, and his myrmidons, about a sneaker of five gallons; the whole magistracy was pretty well disguised before I gave them the ship."
    • Disguise To change the guise or appearance of; especially, to conceal by an unusual dress, or one intended to mislead or deceive. "Bunyan was forced to disguise himself as a wagoner."
    • Disguise To hide by a counterfeit appearance; to cloak by a false show; to mask; as, to disguise anger; to disguise one's sentiments, character, or intentions. "All God's angels come to us disguised ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disguise To conceal the personal identity of, by changes of guise or usual appearance, such as those produced by differences in dress or in the hair or beard, the use of a mask, etc.
    • disguise To conceal or cover up the real or original character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; cloak by false show, deceptive statement or speech, or an artificial manner: as, to disguise the handwriting; to disguise the taste of a drug; to disguise sentiments or intentions.
    • disguise To alter the appearance of; make difficult of recognition by some change not intended for concealment.
    • disguise To change in voice or behavior by the use of strong drink; intoxicate.
    • disguise To distinguish by a difference of form or guise.
    • disguise Synonyms Simulate, etc. (see dissemble), mask, veil.
    • n disguise That which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.
    • n disguise The act of disguising, or the state of being disguised; a false or misleading appearance; concealment under a disguised form, manner, etc.: as, his attempted disguise was unsuccessful; a thief in disguise.
    • n disguise Change of behavior and utterance by drink; intoxication.
    • n disguise A masque; an interlude.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disguise dis-gīz′ to change the guise or appearance of: to conceal by a dress intended to deceive, or by a counterfeit manner and appearance: to intoxicate (usually 'disguised in liquor')—n. a dress intended to conceal the wearer: a false appearance: change of behaviour in intoxication
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Quotations

  • Cardinal De Richelieu
    Cardinal De Richelieu
    “To know how to disguise is the knowledge of kings.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.”
  • Bishop Robert South
    Bishop Robert South
    “Most of the appearance of mirth in the world is not mirth, it is art. The wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.”
  • Thomas More
    Thomas More
    “Lawyers -- a profession it is to disguise matters.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some lies are so well disguised to resemble truth, that we should be poor judges of the truth not to believe them.”
  • Alexander Pope
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    “Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.”

Idioms

Blessing in disguise - If some bad luck or misfortune ultimately results in something positive, it's a blessing in disguise.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. desguisen, disgisen, degisen, OF. desguisier, F. déguiser,; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + guise,. See Guise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desguiserdes, neg., guise, manner, guise.

Usage

In literature:

Would it not be better to disguise yourself?
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
I will bring you a disguise in which you can travel safely till we are over the Venetian border and free.
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
He had penetrated their disguise, a disguise assumed to insure their ultimate purpose with the greater certainty.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I begin to think you are a Cynic philosopher in the pleasant disguise of a cunning painter.
"Romola" by George Eliot
In their back office some of the party it is said were disguised.
"Tea Leaves" by Various
It appears in Gimson, Jemmett, and the odd-looking Gem, while its French form is somewhat disguised in Jeakes and Jex.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
When Melchior was under other disguises, she remained in the camp with Nattee.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
In Radames' suite walks King Amonasro, who has been taken prisoner, disguised as a simple officer.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Here Mr. Whistler accuses me of disguising something which I chose to tell, as if it came from Mr. Haden, by printing it in inverted commas.
"The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" by James McNeill Whistler
The latter was bent on finding out the meaning of the disguise, for disguise he knew it to be.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
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In poetry:

Is Friendship, then, an empty dream—
A phantom in disguise—
A vision only to be seen
By those of double eyes?
"Friendship" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
I wonder that, by nature bold,
He stoop'd to wear disguise,
Or leave the hapless tale untold,
Which wakens thy surprise!
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
Nero without the least disguise,
The Papists at all times
Still favour'd, and their robberies
Look'd on as trivial crimes.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Nothing but truth before his throne
With honor can appear;
The painted hypocrites are known
Through the disguise they wear.
"Hymn 136" by Isaac Watts
She's not a faultless woman; no!
She's not an angel in disguise:
She has her rivals here below:
She's not an unexampled prize:
"After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies)" by James Kenneth Stephen
'Tis Harry, like a girl disguised,
His mother, like a boy,
But the father kneels beside them,
And their hearts are full of joy.
"Arrival In The Land Of Freedom" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

In news:

Radar Reporter Oddball software pioneer John McAfee has said he's disguised himself as he continues to hide from Belize police officials, RadarOnline.com reports.
Brit schoolboy robbed jewelry stores in disguise .
'Malibu Country' is 'The Beverly Hillbillies' in disguise .
Cats are masters of disguise all year long.
He doesn't need a costume — he's already the master of disguise .
Tyger Kulesza: A teacher, in disguise .
Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative's assertion that slavery was a "blessing in disguise " and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims.
Eric Church likes to disguise himself so people don't recognize him when he's not doing appearances.
Police are looking for this woman, who is fond of disguises and thought to have pulled three armed robberies in Knox County since Sunday, Sept 30.
Woman's cancer 'a blessing in disguise '.
Jennings blessing in disguise .
Robots In Disguise / The new 'Transformers' game is a surprisingly fun sleeper hit.
THE WILD SIDE by Scott Shalaway: Gray tree frogs, masters of disguise .
Just cups of coffee in disguise .
Man in Bigfoot disguise killed.
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In science:

Our special system not only shows current enhancement but also in it parity effects are violated, of course in its closed system disguise.
Quantum current enhancement effect in hybrid rings at equilibrium
And a final point, not to be forgotten, is that most of the analytical hadronisation approaches are essentially perturbative methods ‘in disguise’.
Event shapes in e+e- annihilation and deep inelastic scattering
Some experience with topological theories was gained in the 80’s and 90’s, but the examples considered only had a finit e number of degrees of freedom, i.e. they were really mechanical systems disguised as field theories.
Canonical quantum gravity and consistent discretizations
We use Lemma 2.6 and, especially, Tutte’s Theorem in its pushing-up disguise in the next lemma.
Semisymmetric cubic graphs of twice odd order
Alternatively we can resort to the Stone-von Neumann theorem [107] and argue that the canonically conjugate ˆT and ˆH are just the disguised versions of the position and momentum operators and therefore must have unbounded spectra.
Zeno meets modern science
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