unmask

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unmask reveal the true nature of "The journal article unmasked the corrupt politician"
    • v unmask take the mask off "unmask the imposter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Unmask To put off a mask.
    • v. t Unmask To strip of a mask or disguise; to lay open; to expose.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unmask To strip of a mask or of any disguise; lay open what is concealed; bring to light.
    • unmask To put off or lay aside a mask.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unmask un-mask′ to take a mask or any disguise off: to expose
    • v.i Unmask to put off a mask
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Fortune does not so much change men, as it unmasks them.”
  • Mme. Riccoboni
    Mme. Riccoboni
    “Money does not change men, it only unmasks them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + mask,

Usage

In literature:

The brigades halted, and the scouts pushed to the front, to unmask the enemy's position.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
They were used to fighting, and they welcomed the war which at least unmasked their enemies.
"Stories Of Ohio 1897" by William Dean Howells
Our port being unmasked, we ran out the gun, depressing it so as to sweep the hill-side, and fired.
"The Young Llanero" by W.H.G. Kingston
That once decided, the unmasking will fall in as a natural consequence.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
Those two points assured, only some wholly unlikely accident could unmask him.
"The Woman in Black" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
She realized, however, her limitations, and that she had neither the time nor the talent to unmask the traitor.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
Then thirty guns were unmasked, and opened fire upon the British line.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
He stands unmasked before you.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
The Cuban's lip curled with contempt at the ease with which he had unmasked Stuart.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
It was curious to study the various expressions of the human countenance unmasked and confronted with gibbering fear.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
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In poetry:

But what happens
when the guests return
& all unmask
& you are asked
to leave
for want of a smile
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
THE lady had at first some warm dispute
To many questions Jack was even mute;
But when he saw the golden charms unmasked,
Far more he promised than Catella asked.
"Richard Minutolo" by Jean de La Fontaine
"My children," Said the holy man,
"Once more I'm willing to unmask me.
This is my birthday; and my plan
Is to bestow on you (I can)
Whatever favour you may ask me."
"The Disciples" by Aleister Crowley
We know is there. 'Tis thus we read
The true beneath the false; perceive
The smile that hides the ache.--Indeed!
Whose soul unmasks?... Not mine!--I grieve,--
Oh God!--but laugh and leave....
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part III" by Madison Julius Cawein
Who shall tell us? No one speaks;
No color shoots into those cheeks,
Either of anger or of pride,
At the rude question we have asked;
Nor will the mystery be unmasked
By those who are sleeping at her side.
"In The Churchyard At Cambridge. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I watch that precipice of fear
You tread, naked in naked distress.
To that deep care we are committed
Beneath the wildness of our flesh
And shuddering horror of our dream,
Where unmasked agony is permitted.
"The Trance" by Stephen Spender

In news:

Unmasking photographer Ernest Withers' FBI link attracts range of responses.
Daring any to unmask its hidden dangers.
Mark Felt, the onetime number two at the FBI, unmasked himself as Deep Throat in May 2005, a few close observers weren't surprised.
Lost Manuscript Unmasks Details of Original Ponzi.
Chief Calls Deep Throat's Unmasking a Shock.
Unmasking a Chameleon of the Lens.
Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone.
Upending Anonymity , These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone.
Faces seeks entries for Unmasked art fundraiser.
'Faces: Unmasked' deadline to participate extended.
The result, Angell said, is that the research can be biased and that it can be difficult for medical journals to unmask the problems.
Unmasking the most influential billionaire in US politics.
Asylum': 10 questions and Bloody Face unmasked.
Baltimore Sun restaurant critic unmasked .
The unmasking of "A" wasn't the only big twist in Monday's finale: Emily Fields' on-and-off girlfriend Maya St Germain (Bianca Lawson) was found dead at the end of the episode, though her killer's identity remains a mystery.
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In science:

The number of galaxies in each masked bin is set to a random Poisson deviate whose mean equals to the mean number of galaxies in the adjacent unmasked strips.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey
All unmasked and unsaturated pixels at that position are scaled for their respective exposure times and compared.
WFPC2 Stellar Photometry with HSTphot
Unmasking the Si data revealed that no events passed all cuts.
Limits on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions from the two-tower run of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
Figure 3 shows the unmasked data in ionization yield versus recoil energy; the data before and after application of the cut intended to reject surface electron recoils are shown.
Limits on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions from the two-tower run of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
After unmasking the Ge data, we realized that the candidate occurred in a detector during an interval of time when that detector suffered inefficient ionization collection.
Limits on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions from the two-tower run of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
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