from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To modify the manner or appearance of in order to prevent recognition.
- transitive v. To furnish with a disguise.
- transitive v. To conceal or obscure by dissemblance or false show; misrepresent: disguise one's true intentions.
- n. The act or an instance of disguising.
- n. The condition of being disguised.
- n. Clothes or accessories worn to conceal one's true identity.
- n. Appearance that misrepresents the true character of something: a blessing in disguise.
- n. A pretense or misrepresentation: His repeated references to his dangerous hobbies were only a disguise to cover up his insecurity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An attire (e.g. clothing) used to hide one's identity or assume another.
- n. The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
- n. The act of disguising, notably as a ploy
- v. To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.
- v. To prevent giving away or revealing (something secret).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To change the guise or appearance of; especially, to conceal by an unusual dress, or one intended to mislead or deceive.
- transitive v. To hide by a counterfeit appearance; to cloak by a false show; to mask
- transitive v. To affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate.
- n. A dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception.
- n. Artificial language or manner assumed for deception; false appearance; counterfeit semblance or show.
- n. Change of manner by drink; intoxication.
- n. A masque or masquerade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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.
- To alter the appearance of; make difficult of recognition by some change not intended for concealment.
- To change in voice or behavior by the use of strong drink; intoxicate.
- To distinguish by a difference of form or guise.
- Synonyms Simulate, etc. (see dissemble), mask, veil.
- n. That which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.
- n. 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. Change of behavior and utterance by drink; intoxication.
- n. A masque; an interlude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance
- n. any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
- v. make unrecognizable
- n. an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
That animals are only human beings in disguise is an axiom in the fairy tales.
Mousa fled in disguise from the palace of Boursa; traversed the Propontis in an open boat; wandered over the Walachian and Servian hills; and after some vain attempts, ascended the throne of Adrianople, so recently stained with the blood of Soliman.
Jerusalem, as search is made for a malefactor in disguise, that is harboured by his accomplices.
Is the despair of victims and misfits more abject because they can't foresee a reversal of fortune, or because they feel bereft of allies, or because they can't conceive of themselves as heroes in disguise?
This became a blessing in disguise as we found ourselves at Mirai Sushi, which was one of my best sushi experiences
The fantastic elements, gods and monsters, curses and destinies and princes in disguise, the fall of mighty cities in the ruin of war, and all which form the backbone of modern fantasy, are present in their original forms here.
This is why, when the fantasy turns out to be science fiction in disguise, I tend to like that a lot more.
Splithog Pauper, in disguise (CR classified, SitS p. 66) 1 goblin snake (CR1, Pathfinder #1) 1d4 Small monstrous centipedes (CR 1, MM p. 276)
Another devious method of disguise is the principle of neglect: whereas some are painted a bright colour, many others are simply left au naturel, ensuring that they blend in well with the pavement to deceive even the most alert motorist.
Now I am supposed to believe that depression is really evolutionarily adaptive behavior in disguise even though it often leads to suicide which is almost by definition non-adaptive behavior.