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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them" [syn: guise, pretense, pretence, pretext]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English gise, guise, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German w?sa manner — more at wise Date: 13th century 1. a form or style of dress ; costume 2. a. obsolete manner, fashion b. archaic a customary way of speaking or behaving 3. a. external appearance ; semblance b. pretext

Merriam Webster's

I. biographical name 2d Duc de 1519-1563 François de Lorraine French soldier & politician II. biographical name 3d Duc de 1550-1588 Henri I de Lorraine French soldier & politician

Britannica Concise

Noble French Roman Catholic family that played a major role in French politics during the Reformation. Claude de Lorraine (1496-1550) was created the 1st duc (duke) de Guise in 1527 for his service to Francis I in the defense of France. Claude's sons Franç ois, 2nd duc de Guise, and Charles, cardinal de Lorraine (1524-1574), gained great power during the reign of Francis II. Supported by Spain and the papacy, their persecution of the Huguenots led to the unsuccessful Amboise Conspiracy (1560), an attempted assassination of the leaders of the Guise party and transfer of power to the House of Bourbon. The Guise-led massacre of a Huguenot congregation at Vassy precipitated the Wars of Religion, in which Henri I, 3rd duc de Guise, was a prominent leader. Charles de Lorraine, 4th duc de Guise (1571-1640), lived through the rapid decline of the family's power. Henri II, 5th duc de Guise, tried unsuccessfully to revive the family's power; the direct line expired with the death of his grand-nephew in 1675.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 an assumed appearance; a pretence (in the guise of; under the guise of). 2 external appearance. 3 archaic style of attire, garb. Etymology: ME f. OF ult. f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Guise Guise, n. [OE. guise, gise, way, manner, F. guise, fr. OHG. w[=i]sa, G. weise. See Wise, n.] 1. Customary way of speaking or acting; custom; fashion; manner; behavior; mien; mode; practice; -- often used formerly in such phrases as: at his own guise; that is, in his own fashion, to suit himself. --Chaucer. The swain replied, ``It never was our guise To slight the poor, or aught humane despise.'' --Pope. 2. External appearance in manner or dress; appropriate indication or expression; garb; shape. As then the guise was for each gentle swain. --Spenser. A . . . specter, in a far more terrific guise than any which ever yet have overpowered the imagination. --Burke. 3. Cover; cloak; as, under the guise of patriotism.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(guises) You use guise to refer to the outward appearance or form of someone or something, which is often temporary or different from their real nature. He turned up at a fancy dress Easter dance in the guise of a white rabbit... N-COUNT: with supp, oft in/under the N of n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Appearance, aspect, garb, dress, form, shape, figure, fashion, manner, mode. 2. (Poetical.) Air, mien, demeanor, behavior. 3. Practice, habit, custom, manner, mode.

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MO, action, actions, activity, acts, address, affectation, air, algorithm, alibi, angle, apology, apparel, appearance, approach, array, aspect, attack, attire, bearing, bedizenment, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm, behavioral science, blanket, blind, brow, carriage, cast, cast of countenance, cloak, clothes, clothing, coat, color, coloring, complexion, comportment, conduct, configuration, costume, countenance, course, cover, cover story, cover-up, coverage, covering, covert, coverture, cowl, cowling, culture pattern, curtain, custom, demeanor, deportment, device, disguise, doing, doings, drape, drapery, dress, dressing, duds, effect, eidolon, excuse, facade, face, facet, facial appearance, false front, fashion, fatigues, favor, feathers, feature, features, feint, fig, figure, folkway, form, front, garb, garments, gear, gestalt, gestures, getup, gloss, goings-on, habiliment, habit, handle, hanging, hood, housing, image, imago, impression, investiture, investment, lame excuse, light, likeness, line, line of action, lineaments, linen, lines, locus standi, look, looks, maintien, manner, manner of working, manners, mantle, mask, means, method, methodology, methods, mien, mode, mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus operandi, modus vivendi, motions, movements, moves, observable behavior, order, ostensible motive, outfit, pall, pattern, phase, phasis, physiognomy, poise, poor excuse, port, pose, posture, practice, praxis, presence, pretense, pretension, pretext, procedure, proceeding, process, protestation, public motive, put-off, rags, raiment, reference, refuge, regard, respect, rig, robes, routine, screen, seeming, semblance, setout, sham, shape, shelter, shield, show, showing, shroud, side, simulacrum, slant, smoke screen, social science, sportswear, stalking-horse, stance, stratagem, style, subterfuge, system, tack, tactics, technique, tenor, the drill, the how, the way of, threads, togs, toilette, tone, total effect, traits, trick, trim, turn, turnout, twist, varnish, veil, vestment, vesture, view, viewpoint, visage, way, way of life, ways, wear, wearing apparel, wise

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