Definition of unmask in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Expose the true character of or hidden truth about.

    ‘the trial unmasked him as a complete charlatan’
    • ‘I intend to unmask this thing and discover more about what it is I will find, and give aid to what knowledge I can decipher when I retrieve the Tome.’
    • ‘Once the issues are fully exposed, the other half of me is going to drop a metaphorical barrel on the debate, allowing me to finally unmask the truth.’
    • ‘The film has unmasked Norman, and now he unmasks himself, to reveal the leering monster that lurked beneath all his personae.’
    • ‘With the police closing in, Richard vows to unmask the true killer and take his revenge, even if it is the last thing he ever does.’
    • ‘Father Neuhaus unmasks the fallacy by revealing a third category: those who know that some who don't hear about Christ won't go to hell, yet this salvation is still through the redemptive work of Christ.’
    • ‘And as people pass away, or in the case of Mark Felt, unmask themselves, we will send the notes down there, so people literally can see exactly what we did step by step.’
    • ‘It is a film that requires the viewer to pay attention and wait for its true face to unmask itself.’
    • ‘Yet American Wedding unmasks something in his character that has been foreshadowed in both preceding films, as if the trilogy was meant to be his all along.’
    • ‘Another key figure in unmasking the predatory groups of men in Keighley is the town's MP Ann Cryer who began examining the issue of abuse more than two years ago.’
    • ‘Determined to unmask the ideology of others, they have become ideologues themselves.’
    • ‘Kashmir Herald is an attempt by Kashmiri Hindus to unmask the truths behind the mayhem perpetrated in the name of religion in the State of Jammu & Kashmir in India.’
    • ‘Washington is waiting to see if some of its most powerful figures will be charged for unmasking a CIA agent.’
    • ‘We want some ultra-sensitive metal detector that will unmask any weapon, or some new x-ray machine that exposes all dangers.’
    • ‘Footsteps echoed through out the corridor as the light danced over its surface, scouring over the walls, unmasking the darkness and exposing all of the details beneath its harsh brutality.’
    • ‘For most Arabs, the history of Palestine is thus not simply the story of two peoples struggling for the same land, but rather evidence that unmasks the true and nefarious intentions of the West toward Arabs and Muslims in general.’
    • ‘I know this won't make sense to anyone else but I just have to get it out, in hopes that by writing it out loud I can figure it out, unmask it, and take away its power over me.’
    • ‘Just as she unmasks the truth of herself as Jew, she unmasks the truth of herself as woman.’
    • ‘Now astrophysicists began to unmask the true character of the universe.’
    • ‘We also hope to unmask our hoaxer as we learn more.’
    • ‘Whatever reaction it provokes, there is an obligation to history to unmask an apparent lie of this magnitude and establish the truth.’
    detect, discover, come across, stumble across, stumble on, chance on, hit on, encounter, find, find out, turn up, unearth, dig up, dredge up, root out, hunt out, nose out, ferret out, grub out, disinter, extricate
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    1. 1.1often as adjective unmasked Remove the mask from.
      ‘an unmasked gunman’
      • ‘I wish I hadn't seen guys like Delirious and Generico unmasked.’
      • ‘He acted like a total ass, stepping over Ron the entire time and doing EVERYTHING he possibly could NOT to let the unmasked man come into the open.’