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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. veil

    Hide is the general term, including all the rest, signifying to put out of sight or beyond ready observation or approach; a thing may be hidden by intention, by accident, or by the imperfection of the faculties of the one from whom it is hidden; in their games, children hide the slipper, or hide themselves from each other; a man unconsciously hides a picture from another by standing before it, or hides a thing from himself by laying something else over it. Even an unconscious object may hide another; as, a cloud hides the sun, or a building hides some part of the prospect by intervening between it and the observer's position. As an act of persons, to conceal is always intentional; one may hide his face in anger, grief, or abstraction; he conceals his face when he fears recognition. A house is hidden by foliage; the bird's nest is artfully concealed. Secrete is a stronger word than conceal, and is used chiefly of such material objects as may be separated from the person, or from their ordinary surroundings, and put in unlooked-for places; a man conceals a scar on his face, but does not secrete it; a thief secretes stolen goods; an officer may also be said to secrete himself to watch the thief. A thing is covered by putting something over or around it, whether by accident or design; it is screened by putting something before it, always with some purpose of protection from observation, inconvenience, attack, censure, etc. In the figurative use, a person may hide honorable feelings; he conceals an evil or hostile intent. Anything which is effectually covered and hidden under any mass or accumulation is buried. Money is buried in the ground; a body is buried in the sea; a paper is buried under other documents. Whatever is buried is hidden or concealed; but there are many ways of hiding or concealing a thing without burying it. So a person may be covered with wraps, and not buried under them. Bury may be used of any object, entomb and inter only of a dead body. Figuratively, one may be said to be buried in business, in study, etc. Compare IMMERSE; PALLIATE.

    bury, cloak, conceal, cover, disguise, dissemble, entomb, hide, inter, mask, overwhelm, screen, secrete, suppress

    admit, advertise, avow, betray, confess, disclose, discover, disinter, divulge, exhibit, exhume, expose, lay bare, lay open, make known, reveal, manifest, promulgate, publish, raise, show, tell, uncover, unmask, unveil

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. veil

    intercept, hide, screen, disguise, palliate, mask, cover, conceal

    expose, unveil, strip, denude, exaggerate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. head covering, veilnoun

    a garment that covers the head and face

    head covering, caul, velum, embryonic membrane, humeral veil


  2. veil, velumnoun

    a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms

    head covering, caul, velum, soft palate, embryonic membrane, humeral veil


  3. caul, veil, embryonic membranenoun

    the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)

    humeral veil, gastrocolic omentum, caul, greater omentum, velum, head covering, embryonic membrane


  4. humeral veil, veilverb

    a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl

    head covering, caul, velum, embryonic membrane, humeral veil


  5. veilverb

    to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil

    "women in Afghanistan veil their faces"

    obscure, blot out, hide, obliterate


  6. obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hideverb

    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

    "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"

    shroud, mist, wipe out, confuse, blot out, enshroud, overcloud, kill, becloud, fog, blur, conceal, haze over, befog, obnubilate, cover, obliterate, obscure, hide out, efface, bedim, hide, cloud


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. veilnoun

    screen, shade, curtain

  2. veilnoun

    cover, disguise, mask, visor, blind, cloak

  3. veilverb


  4. veilverb

    cover, hide, mask, conceal, disguise

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. veilnoun

    disguise, pretense, cloak, mask, mantilla

  2. veilverb

    screen, cloak, disguise, shroud, mask, conceal

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "veil":

    headscarf, hijab, sail, voile, sailing, scarf, burqa, cloak, weil, shroud, vale, kite, cloudy

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How to use veil in a sentence?

  1. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    In communication between people, which is of course essential to our living together, we have to show our faces, so the full veil should be forbidden wherever legally possible.

  2. Maria Montessori:

    What is a scientist? We give the name scientist to the type of man who has felt experiment to be a means guiding him to search out the deep truth of life, to lift a veil from its fascinating secrets, and who, in this pursuit, has felt arising within him a love for the mysteries of nature, so passionate as to annihilate the thought of himself.

  3. Phil Robertson:

    A veil of silence has fallen over Sombath's case, international NGOs working in Laos say they are sympathetic but they can't talk about it.

  4. Alfred Bernhard Nobel:

    Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.

  5. Charles de LEUSSE:

    But the animal has no veil. Dogs better treated than Afghan women. (Même l'animal n'a de voile. Chien mieux traité que l'afghane ?)

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    An antonym of "besotted"
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