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mask

(Cover), noun camouflage, cloak, cover-up, deflection, device, disguise, excuse, facade, false front, feint, front, guise, lame excuse, masquerade, mere cossetics, obscuration, pretense, pretension, pretext, prooessed motive, refuge, screen, sham, smoke screen, stratagem, subterfuge, varnish, whitewash

mask

(Shield), noun camouflage, deflection, disguise, false front, false identity, incognito, masquerade, pretense, shield, veil
See also: camouflage, cloak, conceal, cover, denature, disguise, ensconce, enshroud, envelop, false pretense, guard, hide, obliterate, obnubilate, obscure, plant, pretend, pretense, pretext, ruse, screen, shroud, stifle, strangle, subterfuge, suppress, veil
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Yonder he comes, arrayed like a bridegroom, except the black mask.
To take an obvious example, the comic mask is ugly and distorted, but does not imply pain.
The masks could not appear; the carriages could not move about; but the masks were visible behind the windows, the carriages, and the doors.
Perhaps," slyly remarked the granddaughter of Colonel Joliffe, whose high spirit had been stung by many taunts against New England,--"perhaps we are to have a mask of allegorical figures.
A freshgathered cow's tail lay on the floor, and by its side two pieces of black velvet-~y black velvet-rudely hacked into the semblance of masks.
As the light swept them, there leaped out from the walls a collection of Tibetan devil-dance masks, hanging above the fiend-embroidered draperies of those ghastly functions - horned masks, scowling masks, and masks of idiotic terror.
Companies of masks with linked arms and whooping like red Indians swept the streets in crazy rushes while gusts of cold mistral swayed the gas lights as far as the eye could reach.
But I cannot tell; this same truth, is a naked, and open day-light, that doth not show the masks, and mummeries, and triumphs, of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights.
For a moment I had a glimpse of the human spirits behind their scientific masks.
I am only a bundle of masks, and you can't fight a duel with that.
It crashed upon my skull as I still struggled vainly; again and again it came down mercilessly in the same place; until I felt as though a sponge of warm water had been squeezed over my head, and saw a hundred withered masks grinning sudden exultation into mine; but still the lean arm whirled, and the splinters flew, till I was blind with my blood and the seven senses were beaten out of me.
Suppose a slaver on the coast of Guinea should take on board a gang of negroes which should contain persons of the stamp of Toussaint L'Ouverture: or, let us fancy, under these swarthy masks he has a gang of Washingtons in chains.