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tr.v. dis·guised, dis·guis·ing, dis·guis·es
a. To modify the manner or appearance of (a person, for example) in order to prevent recognition: disguised himself as a guard and escaped.
b. To make indistinct or difficult to perceive: disguised the bad taste of the medicine with lemon syrup.
2. To conceal or obscure by dissemblance or false show; misrepresent: disguise one's true intentions.
1. Clothes or accessories worn to conceal one's true identity.
a. Appearance that misrepresents the true character of something: a blessing in disguise.
b. A pretense or misrepresentation: His repeated references to his dangerous hobbies were only a disguise to cover up his insecurity.

[Middle English disguisen, from Old French desguiser : des-, dis- + guise, manner; see guise.]

dis·guis′ed·ly (-gī′zĭd-lē) adv.
dis·guise′ment n.
dis·guis′er n.
Synonyms: disguise, camouflage, cloak, dissemble, dissimulate, mask
These verbs mean to change or modify so as to conceal the true identity or character of: disguised her interest with nonchalance; trying to camouflage their impatience; cloaked his anxiety with a smile; dissembling ill will with false solicitude; couldn't dissimulate his vanity; ambition that is masked as altruism.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.disguised - having its true character concealed with the intent of misleadingdisguised - having its true character concealed with the intent of misleading; "hidden agenda"; "masked threat"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"


2. covert, hidden, concealed, sly, sneaky, furtive, underhand, back-alley a disguised tax on immigration
3. false, assumed, pretend, artificial, forged, fake, mock, imitation, sham, pseudo (informal), counterfeit, feigned, phoney or phony (informal) Their HQ used to be a disguised builders' yard.


[dɪsˈgaɪzd] adj
(= in disguise) [person] → déguisé(e)
to be heavily disguised → être méconnaissable sous son déguisement
to be disguised as sb/sth → être déguisé(e) en qn/qch
He was disguised as a policeman → Il était déguisé en policier.
[criticism, contempt, anger] → dissimulé(e)
disguised as sth → déguisé(e) en qch
References in classic literature ?
No one knew me, for I disguised my voice, and no one dreamed of the silent, haughty Miss March (for they think I am very stiff and cool, most of them, and so I am to whippersnappers) could dance and dress, and burst out into a `nice derangement of epitaphs, like an allegory on the banks of the Nile'.
Cutter had several times cut paragraphs about unfaithful husbands out of the newspapers and mailed them to Cutter in a disguised handwriting.
Such exhibitions were not uncommon among the Indians, and as Duncan was already sufficiently disguised in his dress, there certainly did exist some reason for believing that, with his knowledge of French, he might pass for a juggler from Ticonderoga, straggling among the allied and friendly tribes.
I began to watch them in a stifled suspense, a disguised excitement that might well, had it continued too long, have turned to something like madness.
I am pretty well disguised, I fancy," said the young man, with a smile.
WHEN I told the king I was going out disguised as a petty freeman to scour the country and familiarize myself with the humbler life of the people, he was all afire with the novelty of the thing in a minute, and was bound to take a chance in the adven- ture himself -- nothing should stop him -- he would drop everything and go along -- it was the prettiest idea he had run across for many a day.
It is maintained that these people are not gentlemen, but are a lower sort, disguised as gentlemen.
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken; but where, as in this case, though the conduct is mistaken, the feelings are not, it may not be very material.
Now," he continued, again addressing me, "I have received the pilgrim--a disguised deity, as I verify believe.
Magdalen's disguised re-appearance at the end of the act, in the character of "Lucy" -- with false hair and false eyebrows, with a bright-red complexion and patches on her cheeks, with the gayest colors flaunting in her dress, and the shrillest vivacity of voice and manner -- fairly staggered the audience.
His arms and legs were like great pincushions of those shapes, and his attire disguised him absurdly; but I knew his half-closed eye at one glance.
I will wander hence disguised as a youth and covered with a blanket, and if any meet me, who shall say that I am the Lily?