Synonyms of mask

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1 a cover or partial cover for the face used to disguise oneself
  • an elaborate mask that would be suitable for a fancy masquerade ball

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2 something that covers or conceals like a piece of cloth
  • his unexpected friendliness is just a mask, for he always has an ulterior motive

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Synonyms & Antonyms of mask (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to change the dress or looks of so as to conceal true identity
  • the federal agents masked their surveillance vehicle so that it looked like an ordinary moving van

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2 to keep secret or shut off from view
  • masked his real motives for wanting to see the house that was for sale

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How does the verb mask differ from other similar words?

The words cloak and disguise are common synonyms of mask. While all three words mean "to alter the dress or appearance of so as to conceal the identity or true nature," mask suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something.

smiling to mask his discontent

When is cloak a more appropriate choice than mask?

Although the words cloak and mask have much in common, cloak suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention.

cloaked their maneuvers in secrecy

When can disguise be used instead of mask?

The words disguise and mask can be used in similar contexts, but disguise implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity.

disguised herself as a peasant

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The first known use of mask was circa 1533

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“Mask.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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