from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vizor; a mask.
- n. One who wears a mask or vizor.
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He might also have remembered that the apology for portraying so much vice was that the ugliness of it -- "her _vizard-mask_ being remov'd" -- "cannot but cause in her (_quondam_) adorers, a _loathing_ instead of _loving_."
Queen Anne, in 1704, expressly ordered that "no woman should be allowed, or presume to wear, a vizard-mask in either of the theatres."