unmask

verb
un·​mask | \ ˌən-ˈmask How to pronounce unmask (audio) \
unmasked; unmasking; unmasks

Definition of unmask

transitive verb

1 : to reveal the true nature of : expose
2 : to remove a mask from

intransitive verb

: to remove one's mask

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Examples of unmask in a Sentence

He was unmasked as a spy. the killer's identity won't be unmasked until the season's final episode

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Leung’s bold unmasking on Monday, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule, looked dangerously impulsive. Alice Su, latimes.com, "In Hong Kong, one protester pulls off his mask and defines a movement," 6 July 2019 Yet Trump ordered the lawyers to keep this battle going, anyway, in part because conservatives urged him to keep fighting, even though the original rationale has now been unmasked as fake! Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: Trump rages over his latest failure to corrupt our democracy," 5 July 2019 Last year, the research division of Israeli cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies used a similar tactic to unmask Dr. Shifro, a Russian company. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Trade Secret Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers," 15 May 2019 Each week, the audience votes and the worst performer gets unmasked. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Fans Are Dying Over This Accidental "Riverdale" and "The Masked Singer" Crossover," 17 Jan. 2019 But with congressional primaries just two weeks away, the U.S. has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian election meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court. Washington Post, "US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections," 21 Feb. 2018 As Ars has previously reported, in order to unmask Playpen's users, federal authorities seized and operated the site for 13 days before closing it down. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”," 21 Dec. 2018 Check out their introduction video below: The Alien ended up surviving the night, so they weren't unmasked. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""The Masked Singer" Fans Think Kendall Jenner is One of the Celebs Under the Mask This Season," 10 Jan. 2019 Moss jumps back and forth in time to try to unmask the killer, exploring different timelines and suspects. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unmask

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of unmask was in 1562

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unmask

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unmask

: to reveal the true identity or nature of (someone or something)

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