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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to remove one's mask

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmask. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



un·​mask ˌən-ˈmask How to pronounce unmask (audio)
: to strip of a mask or a disguise : expose
unmask a traitor

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