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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.
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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"
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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.
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[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
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It was a natural reflection for Orestes to make, 'So I too must die at the altar like my sister.' So, again, in the Tydeus of Theodectes, the father says, 'I came to find my son, and I lose my own life.' So too in the Phineidae: the women, on seeing the place, inferred their fate:--'Here we are doomed to die, for here we were cast forth.' 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.
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