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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 ?
Again, there is a composite kind of recognition involving false inference on the part of one of the characters, as in the Odysseus Disguised as a Messenger.
It was Herr Heartless, in disguise, and using a disguised voice.
But disguised do I want to see YOU, ye neighbours and fellowmen, and well- attired and vain and estimable, as "the good and just;"--
And disguised will I myself sit amongst you--that I may MISTAKE you and myself: for that is my last manly prudence.
Julia had so long associated the idea of her hero with the image in her bosom, that she had given it perfect identity; but, on more mature reflection, she was convinced of her error: he would come disguised, Anna had told her, and had ordered his servants home; where that home was, Julia was left in ignorance--but she fervently hoped, not far removed from her beloved aunt.
Here he kept his wife imprisoned in her room while he, disguised in a beard, followed Dr.
It was at Wake Robin Lodge that Avis Everhard later lived for short periods, when, disguised as an agent-provocateur of the Iron Heel, she was enabled to play with impunity her part among men and events.
On his part, the man with the feathers fixed his eyes upon the disguised lieutenant, and, in spite of his metamorphosis, recognized him.
But I left no traces behind me, for I came here disguised," said Porthos.
He is desperately trying to escape the theatre, disguised as a woman and dressed in Hijab.
A DRUG dealer is facing a potential five-year jail sentence for having a disguised weapon.
In late June, informed security sources disclosed that Iraqi police forces had identified and captured half a dozen ISIL terrorists in the city of Fallujah who had disguised as women.