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

  Masquerade \Mas`quer*ade"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Masqueraded;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Masquerading.]
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     1. To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
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     2. To frolic or disport in disquise; to make a pretentious
        show of being what one is not.
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              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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Masquerade \Mas`quer*ade"\, n. [F. mascarade, fr. Sp. mascarada,
     or It. mascherata. See Mask.]
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     1. An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing
        themselves with dancing, conversation, or other
        diversions.
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              In courtly balls and midnight masquerades. --Pope.
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     2. A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st
        Mask, 4. [Obs.]
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     3. Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of
        something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show;
        disguise.
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              That masquerade of misrepresentation which
              invariably accompanied the political eloquence of
              Rome.                                 --De Quincey.
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     4. A Spanish diversion on horseback.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Masquerade \Mas`quer*ade"\, v. t.
     To conceal with masks; to disguise. "To masquerade vice."
     --Killingbeck.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  masquerade
      n 1: a party of guests wearing costumes and masks [syn:
           masquerade, masquerade party, masque, mask]
      2: a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party [syn:
         fancy dress, masquerade, masquerade costume]
      3: making a false outward show; "a beggar's masquerade of
         wealth"
      v 1: take part in a masquerade
      2: pretend to be someone or something that you are not; "he is
         masquerading as an expert on the internet"; "This silly novel
         is masquerading as a serious historical treaty"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  208 Moby Thesaurus words for "masquerade":
     Kaffeeklatsch, accouter, act, act a part, act as, act out, acting,
     affectation, ape, aping, appearance, attitudinize, attitudinizing,
     bal, bal costume, bal masque, ball, ballet skirt, barn dance,
     be incognito, blowout, bluff, bluffing, burrow, buskin, camouflage,
     cap and bells, caparison, characterization, cheating, cloak,
     cocktail party, coffee klatch, color, coloring, copy, costume,
     costume party, country dance, cover, cover-up, dance, deception,
     delusion, dinner, dinner party, disappear, disguise, dissemblance,
     dissembling, dissimulation, do, domino, donation party,
     drop from sight, dumb show, embodiment, enact, enacting, enactment,
     entertainment, equip, facade, face, fakery, faking, false air,
     false colors, false face, false front, false show, falsity,
     fancy-dress ball, feigning, feint, festivity, fit, fit out,
     four-flushing, fraud, front, garden party, getup, gilt, gloss,
     go into hiding, go to ground, go underground, habit, hen party,
     hide, hide away, hide out, hole up, hop, house party,
     house-raising, housewarming, humbug, humbuggery, imitate,
     imitation, impersonate, impersonation, imposture, incarnation,
     incognito, lawn party, lie, lie close, lie doggo, lie hid, lie low,
     lie snug, make false pretenses, mask, masked ball, masque,
     masquerade as, masquerade ball, masquerade party, meretriciousness,
     mime, mimesis, mimic, mimicking, mimicry, miming, mixer, motley,
     mummery, ostentation, outfit, outward show, pantomime, pantomiming,
     party, pass for, pass off, perform, performance, performing,
     personate, personation, personification, play, play a part,
     play peekaboo, playacting, playing, portrayal, pose, pose as,
     posing, posture, pretend to be, pretense, pretension, pretext,
     prom, promenade, protective coloration, put-on, record hop,
     remain anonymous, representation, retire from sight, rig, rig out,
     rig up, seeming, semblance, sham, shindig, shindy, show, shower,
     simulacrum, simulate, simulation, sit tight, smoke screen, smoker,
     sock, speciousness, square dance, stag, stag dance, stag party,
     stay in hiding, subterfuge, suit, surprise party, take cover,
     take off, tea dance, the dansant, tights, turn out, tutu, uniform,
     varnish, veil, visor, vizard, vizard mask, wear a mask,
     window dressing
  
  

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