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cloak

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 something that covers or conceals like a piece of cloth
  • the cloak of mystery that surrounds the royal family

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2 a sleeveless garment worn so as to hang over the shoulders, arms, and back
  • threw a cloak around his shoulders

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cloak

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of cloak (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to change the dress or looks of so as to conceal true identity
  • the outlaw nation had cloaked its chemical weapons plant as a fertilizer factory

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2 to keep secret or shut off from view
  • cloaked their military maneuvers from the outside world

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How does the verb cloak differ from other similar words?

The words disguise and mask are common synonyms of cloak. While all three words mean "to alter the dress or appearance of so as to conceal the identity or true nature," cloak suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention.

cloaked their maneuvers in secrecy

When is it sensible to use disguise instead of cloak?

While the synonyms disguise and cloak are close in meaning, disguise implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity.

disguised herself as a peasant

When is mask a more appropriate choice than cloak?

In some situations, the words mask and cloak are roughly equivalent. However, mask suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something.

smiling to mask his discontent

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The first known use of cloak was in the 13th century

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“Cloak.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cloak. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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