- unmasque (archaic)
- (transitive) To remove a mask from someone.
- (transitive) To expose, or reveal the true character of someone.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shake-speare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (First Quarto), London: […] N[icholas] L[ing] and Iohn Trundell, published 1603, OCLC 84758312, [Act I, scene ii], lines 35–36:
- The Charieſt maide is prodigall enough, / If ſhe vnmaske hir beautie to the Moone.
- (intransitive) To remove one's mask.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
- But instead of a direct answer to so important a question, Jones began to be very importunate with the lady to unmask; and at length having prevailed, there appeared not Mrs Fitzpatrick, but the Lady Bellaston herself.
- (transitive, computing) To enable (an interrupt, etc.) by unsetting or setting the associated bit.
to remove a mask from someone
to expose the true character of someone
to remove one's mask
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