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Definition a deceptive outward appearance

or more rarely:

any outward appearance — especially one that is new or clever
  • Under the guise of friendship he betrayed them.
guise = deceptive outward appearance
  • the text of the Constitution has frequently been rewritten by the Supreme Court in the guise of interpretation.
    Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy  --  Richard A. Posner
  • the outward guise of purity was but a lie
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But now I positively must go and dress: the second bell will ring directly, and if I come to dinner in this guise, I shall never hear the end of it from Lady Ashby.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • Big Brother is the guise in which the Party chooses to exhibit itself to the world.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • guise = outward appearance
  • One literally never saw them except in the guise of prisoners, and even as prisoners one never got more than a momentary glimpse of them.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • guise = outward appearance
  • Under the guise of having every voice heard, you create mob rule, a filterless society where secrets are crimes.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Moira," she said again, "in the guise of one of my attendants, told the Mede where to find you in the mountains.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • But then he realized that he could grant Karenin a privilege forbidden to humans: Death would come for him in the guise of his loved ones.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Naturally they came on board in the guise of passengers, though how they got the weapons past Security is anyone's guess.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • I'm supposed to get him out of the house under the guise of car shopping (my idea, of course).
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • I beg you to recognize human life draped in a form and guise alien to ours, but springing from a soil plowed and sown by all our hands.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Abnegation was just as broken as the other factions, but its evils were less obvious, cloaked as they were in the guise of selflessness.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Under the guise of wanting the best for Jade, I spoke with other women in Tongkou who were binding their daughters' feet.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • At night, as Ruth lay in her old bed, she felt she had come back to her adolescence in the guise of an adult.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • I am thinking about control in the guise of caring: Here is a sweater for the cold, my sweet, now wear it and match my vision.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • ] This is her very guise; and, upon my life, fast asleep.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • It's the only time I get homesick, when America lands on my doorstep in a missionary guise.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Reaching the cellar steps, they halted, Leo glancing around under the guise of fumbling with his skates.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • It kept flickering through her three guises, only the eyes butter-colored and hateful remaining the same as she glared at him.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst

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