unmask

verb un·mask \ ˌən-ˈmask \

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

Examples of unmask in a Sentence

  1. He was unmasked as a spy.

  2. the killer's identity won't be unmasked until the season's final episode

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First Known Use of unmask

1562


UNMASK Defined for English Language Learners

unmask

verb

Definition of unmask for English Language Learners

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



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