Masquerade

Definition of Masquerade

Mas`quer`ade´
n.1.
1.An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
2.A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4.
3.Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
That masquerade of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome.
- De Quincey.
4.A Spanish diversion on horseback.
v. i.1.To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
2.To frolic or disport in disquise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
A freak took an ass in the head, and he goes into the woods, masquerading up and down in a lion's skin.
- L'Estrange.
v. t.1.To conceal with masks; to disguise.

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