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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Judges have referred to the companies as copyright trolls and are increasingly resisting the firms’ request for help to unmask the identities of alleged pirates of their movies. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Alleged ‘copyright troll’ claims unnamed San Antonians are stealing porn movies," 18 July 2019 Combined with software that analyzes public blockchain transactions, that information can help unmask who’s behind a nefarious deal. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Everyone Wants Facebook's Libra to Be Regulated. But How?," 18 July 2019 One of their own has now unmasked their intellectual dishonesty. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "In a United Nations Report, a Socialist Details Venezuela’s Horrors," 17 July 2019 Fundamentally, the properties that quantum atmospheres unmask are symmetries. Quanta Magazine, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 2018 Or, less salaciously, those who illegally unmasked national security adviser Mike Flynn? William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Playing the Civility Card," 10 Sep. 2018 Her identity was unmasked by investigators through handwriting analysis. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Residents Cowered While Workers at a Group Home Smacked and Pushed Them," 9 June 2019 Working together with his young accomplices Holly (Justine Lupe) and Jerome (Jharrel Jerome), Hodges unmasked Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) as the mysterious Mercedes murderer. Christian Holub, EW.com, "See photos and behind-the-scenes video from Mr. Mercedes season 3," 4 June 2019 But in an unflattering picture snapped on a public sidewalk in the Greenslopes neighborhood, Macintosh, 64, was recently unmasked as something else: The predawn jogger who secretly defecated on neighborhood streets. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A corporate executive led a secret double life — as Australia’s ‘poo jogger’," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of unmask

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of unmask

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

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