Definition of masquerade in English:

masquerade

Syllabification: mas·quer·ade
Pronunciation: /ˌmaskəˈrād
 
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noun

  • 1A false show or pretense: his masquerade ended when he was arrested
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    • Later in the novel, Clara performs a masquerade in reverse, pretending to be a governess while she is still working as a servant.
    • Subsequently, the duke joins in on the masquerade, play-acting the threat of sexual violence - a rehearsal for his actions later in the film.
    • If only this was just a Shakespearean farce and we could snigger at the gross stupidity of the characters portrayed and their ridiculous masquerades, but shamefully it is real and we are obliged to see it through to the end.
    Synonyms
    pretense, deception, pose, act, front, facade, disguise, dissimulation, bluff, play-acting, make-believe
    informal put-on
  • 1.1The wearing of disguise: dressing up, role-playing, and masquerade
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    • He upheld a New York State statute prohibiting the wearing of masks or facial disguises in public, other than for masquerade or similar entertainment purposes.
    • The film explores this realm through a complex narrative use of masks and masquerade.
    • This distance functions like a mask or masquerade, revealing more than it hides.
  • 1.2chiefly North American A masked ball.
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    • The masquerade starts after dinner from 9: 10 pm and will last into the early hours.
    • It is a site devoted to this musical masquerade.
    • The cost is 1,000 yuan for dinner and masquerade, 500 yuan for masquerade only.
    Synonyms
    masked ball, masque, fancy-dress party, costume party; cosplay

verb

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  • 1Pretend to be someone one is not: a journalist masquerading as a man in distress
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    • And now many suspicious minds have concluded there is more than one person masquerading as the King.
    • I was certainly startled by the two people I saw masquerading as my parents.
    • There are many people that go around masquerading as boxing fans.
    Synonyms
    pretend to be, pose as, pass oneself off as, impersonate, disguise oneself as
  • 1.1Be disguised or passed off as something else: the idle gossip that masquerades as news in some local papers
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    • And because it masquerades as news, we naturally let our guard down, invoking a built in trust of that which is media establishment.
    • We need to speak out against intolerance that masquerades as tolerance.
    • A modern reproduction that masquerades as brass it may be, but still it is beautiful.

Derivatives

masquerader

noun
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  • My presence also made other differences, as the masqueraders occasionally stopped in their performance to pose for my camera.
  • The original date of the launch would have been a pre-season first, forcing masqueraders to choose between the launch of two large bands.
  • Early accounts report that masqueraders participated in generating this reputation by joining battles and terrorizing encroaching communities by night.

Origin

late 16th century: from French mascarade, from Italian mascherata, from maschera 'mask'.

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