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masquerade

noun [C]  /ˌmæs·kəˈreɪd/ us  
a party or dance in which people wear masks (= coverings for the face): There were dozens of masquerade balls, parades, street dances, and fancy dress parties. A masquerade is also a false show or appearance: I’m afraid we will not have a fair election but another masquerade.

masquerade

verb [I always + adv/prep]  /ˌmæs·kəˈreɪd/ us  
to pretend or appear to be: In this business, there are a lot of unqualified people masquerading as experts.
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