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Sinocentrism n
  1. (historical) The belief, held by the ancient Chinese, that China was literally the centre of the world.
  2. (politics) The practice of viewing the world from a Chinese perspective, with an implied belief, either consciously or subconsciously, in the pre-eminence of Chinese culture.
  3. (politics) Ethnocentrism among the Han people of China; Han chauvinism.

  Today is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China.

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masquerade n (also attributively)
  1. An assembly or party of people wearing (usually elaborate or fanciful) masks and costumes, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
  2. The act of wearing a mask or dressing up in a costume for, or as if for, a masquerade ball.
  3. (figuratively) An act of living under false pretenses; a concealment of something by a false or unreal show; a disguise, a pretence; also, a pretentious display.
  4. (figuratively) An assembly of varied, often fanciful, things.
  5. (fandom slang) A cosplay event at which costumed attendees perform skits.
  6. (obsolete) A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask or masque.
  7. (obsolete, rare) A Spanish entertainment or military exercise in which squadrons of horses charge at each other, the riders fighting with bucklers and canes.

masquerade v

  1. (intransitive) To take part in a masquerade; to assemble in masks and costumes; (loosely) to wear a disguise.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To pass off as a different person or a person with qualities that one does not possess; also, to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
  3. (transitive, rare) To conceal (something) with, or as if with, a mask; to disguise.

  “Masquerade” is a song in Act II of the musical The Phantom of the Opera, which premiered on this day in London in 1986.

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