Masquerade

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mas`quer*ade"
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  1. An assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions."In courtly balls and midnight masquerades." [Pope.]
  2. A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See 1st Mask, 4.(Obs)
  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.

Etymology: F. mascarade, fr. Sp. mascarada, or It. mascherata. See Mask

verb Mas`quer*ade"
Senses
  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.]
verb Mas`quer*ade"
To conceal with masks; to disguise.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Making a false outward show ("a beggar's masquerade of wealth")
  2. A costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
  3. A party of guests wearing costumes and masks
  4. Pretend to be someone or something that you are not
  5. Take part in a masquerade
Wiktionary

From French mascarade (Spanish mascarada), from Italian mascarata (mascherata). See “mask”.

  1. A party or assembly of people wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions.
    In courtly balls and midnight - Alexander Pope
  2. (fandom slang) A cosplay event at which costumed attendees perform skits on a stage.
  3. (obsolete) A dramatic performance by actors in masks; a mask. See “mask”
  4. Acting or living under false pretenses; concealment of something by a false or unreal show; pretentious show; disguise.
    I was invited to the at their home.
    That of misrepresentation which invariably accompanied the political eloquence of Rome - Thomas de Quincey
  5. (archaic) A Spanish entertainment in which squadrons of horses charge at each other, the riders fighting with bucklers and canes.

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Past life for Masquerade born Mar 14, 1980

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Saudi Arabia approximately on 1250. Your profession was trainer and holder of the fine animals, birds, and insects.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.