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masquerade

mas·quer·ade

masquerade

 
pronunciation:
mae sk reId
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a party or ball at which the guests wear costumes and masks.
The earl had not yet decided on his costume for that evening's masquerade.
synonyms:
masked ball, masque
similar words:
carnival, Mardi gras
definition 2: an outward pretense; false outward appearance.
Her grand display of confidence was merely a masquerade.
synonyms:
fašade, front, pretense, show
similar words:
acting, blind, cover, disguise, gloss, guise, mask, mummery, sham
definition 3: activity or existence under false pretenses or false identity.
He was arrested for his masquerade as a doctor.
synonyms:
imposture, incognito, pose
similar words:
acting, fraud, pretense
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: masqueraded, masquerades, masquerading
definition 1: to purposely assume the identity or appearance of another person.
She masqueraded as a member of the royal family until her true identity was uncovered.At parties, they masqueraded as a happily married couple, but their closest friends knew the truth.
synonyms:
impersonate, pose
similar words:
pretend, sham
definition 2: to wear a costume or disguise.
He'll be masquerading as a pirate again this year.
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derivation: masquerader (n.)
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