Vizard meaning

vĭz'ərd, -ärd'
A visor or mask.
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A disguise.
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(archaic) A mask worn to disguise or protect the face.

A grotesque vizard. -Sir W. Scott.

There, then, that vizard, that superfluous case, that hid the worse and show'd the better face.-- Shakespeare, Love's Labors Lost V.ii.387

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A pretense.

To mislead and betray them under the vizard of law. - John Milton.

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Origin of vizard

Alteration of obsolete vizar from Middle English viser visor