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- Rhymes: -eɪd
masquerade (plural masquerades)
- A party or assembly of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
- In courtly balls and midnight masquerades - Alexander Pope
- (obsolete) A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See “mask”
- Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
- I was invited to the masquerade at their home.
- That masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome - Thomas de Quincey
- (archaic) A Spanish entertainment in which squadrons of horses charge at each other, the riders fighting with bucklers and canes.
party of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves
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- (intransitive) To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
- I'm going to masquerade as the wikipede. What are you going to dress up as?
- (intransitive) To frolic or disport in disguise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
- He masqueraded as my friend until the truth finally came out.
- A freak took an ass in the head, and he goes into the woods, masquerading up and down in a lion's skin - Roger L'Estrange
- (transitive) To conceal with masks; to disguise.
- To masquerade vice - Killingbeck
to conceal with masks
to frolic or disport in disguise
disguise — see disguise