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 for cloak
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cloak \Cloak\ (kl[=o]k; 110), n. [Of. cloque cloak (from the
     bell-like shape), bell, F. cloche bell; perh. of Celtic
     origin and the same word as E. clock. See 1st Clock.]
     1. A loose outer garment, extending from the neck downwards,
        and commonly without sleeves. It is longer than a cape,
        and is worn both by men and by women.
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     2. That which conceals; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a
        fair pretense; a mask; a cover.
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              No man is esteemed any ways considerable for policy
              who wears religion otherwise than as a cloak.
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     Cloak bag, a bag in which a cloak or other clothes are
        carried; a portmanteau. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cloak \Cloak\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cloaked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To cover with, or as with, a cloak; hence, to hide or
     [1913 Webster]
           Now glooming sadly, so to cloak her matter. --Spenser.
     Syn: See Palliate.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: anything that covers or conceals
      2: a loose outer garment
      v 1: hide under a false appearance; "He masked his
           disappointment" [syn: dissemble, cloak, mask]
      2: cover as if with clothing; "the mountain was clothed in
         tropical trees" [syn: clothe, cloak, drape, robe]
      3: cover with or as if with a cloak; "cloaked monks"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  148 Moby Thesaurus words for "cloak":
     alibi, apology, apply to, arm, armor, becloud, befog, blanket,
     bless, blind, block, bonnet, boot, breech, camouflage, canopy, cap,
     cape, champion, clothe, cloud, coat, coif, color, compass about,
     conceal, concealment, cope, copyright, cover, cover story,
     cover up, cover-up, coverage, covering, covert, coverture, cowl,
     cowling, curtain, cushion, defend, device, disguise, dissemble,
     dissimulate, distract attention from, drape, drapery, dress up,
     eclipse, ensconce, enshroud, ensure, envelop, excuse, facade, face,
     feint, fence, fend, film, frock, front, gloss, gloss over, gown,
     guarantee, guard, guise, handle, hanging, harbor, hat, haven, hide,
     hood, housing, insure, jacket, keep, keep from harm,
     keep under cover, lame excuse, lay on, lay over, locus standi,
     make safe, mantle, mask, muffle, nestle, obduce, obfuscate,
     obscure, occult, ostensible motive, overcoat, overlay, overspread,
     pall, patent, police, poncho, poor excuse, pretense, pretension,
     pretext, protect, protestation, public motive, put on, put-off,
     refuge, register, ride shotgun for, robe, safeguard, screen, scum,
     secure, semblance, shade, sham, shelter, shield, shirt, shoe, show,
     shroud, slur over, smoke screen, sock, spread over, stalking-horse,
     stocking, stratagem, subterfuge, superimpose, superpose, trick,
     underwrite, varnish, veil, veneer, vestment, whitewash, wrap

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     an upper garment, "an exterior tunic, wide and long, reaching to
     the ankles, but without sleeves" (Isa. 59:17). The word so
     rendered is elsewhere rendered "robe" or "mantle." It was worn
     by the high priest under the ephod (Ex. 28:31), by kings and
     others of rank (1 Sam. 15:27; Job 1:20; 2:12), and by women (2
     Sam. 13:18).
       The word translated "cloke", i.e., outer garment, in Matt.
     5:40 is in its plural form used of garments in general (Matt.
     17:2; 26:65). The cloak mentioned here and in Luke 6:29 was the
     Greek himation, Latin pallium, and consisted of a large square
     piece of wollen cloth fastened round the shoulders, like the
     abba of the Arabs. This could be taken by a creditor (Ex.
     22:26,27), but the coat or tunic (Gr. chiton) mentioned in Matt.
     5:40 could not.
       The cloak which Paul "left at Troas" (2 Tim. 4:13) was the
     Roman paenula, a thick upper garment used chiefly in travelling
     as a protection from the weather. Some, however, have supposed
     that what Paul meant was a travelling-bag. In the Syriac version
     the word used means a bookcase. (See Dress.)

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