Disguise vs Pseudonym - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between disguise and pseudonym

is that disguise is attire (eg clothing, makeup) used to hide one's identity or assume another while pseudonym is .

As a verb disguise

is to change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.

disguise

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Attire (e.g. clothing, makeup) used to hide one's identity or assume another.
  • ''That cape and mask complete his disguise .
  • (figuratively) The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
  • The act of disguising, notably as a ploy
  • ''Any disguise may expose soldiers to be deemed enemy spies.

    Synonyms

    * camouflage * guise * mask * pretense

    Verb

  • To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.
  • Spies often disguise themselves.
  • * Macaulay
  • Bunyan was forced to disguise himself as a wagoner.
  • To avoid giving away or revealing (something secret); to hide by a false appearance.
  • He disguised his true intentions.
  • (archaic) To affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate.
  • * Spectator
  • I have just left the right worshipful, and his myrmidons, about a sneaker or five gallons; the whole magistracy was pretty well disguised before I gave them the ship.

    Synonyms

    * cloak * mask * hide

    Derived terms

    * disguisedly * disguisement * disguiser

    pseudonym

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fictitious name, often used by writers and movie stars.
  • The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
  • * c1911
  • I doubt, indeed, whether I should not abandon the struggle altogether-- leave this sad world of ordinary life for which I am so ill fitted, abandon the name of Cummins for some professional pseudonym , complete my self-effacement, and--a thing of tricks and tatters, of posing and pretence--go upon the stage.
  • * 1928
  • The best example of its literary use so far are the German novel The Golem'', by Gustav Meyrink, and the drama ''The Dybbuk , by the jewish writer using the pseudonym "Ansky".

    Derived terms

    * pseudonymity * pseudonymous

    See also

    * codename * nom de code * nom de guerre * nom de plume * pen-name * stage name ----