What is the difference between Guise and Disguise? They sound like antonym word for each other, but they aren't!
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Thus guise can be used to describe both what one looks like and how one behaves - In the guise of soldiers the thieves walked boldly past the sentry.
In other words to disguise is to hide one's true guise and to take on a false one.
Often though, the word guise is used when describing the outward appearance of someone who is in disguise- as in my example above.
The King went about the town in the guise of a merchant = The King went about town disguised as a merchant
Guise is a noun meaning appearance, eapecially assumed appearance. It is related to wise meaning way, kind or type, as in lengthwise, edgewise.
Disguise is primarily a verb which can also be used as a noun.
To me, (I may be wrong), guise focuses on appearance generally, including behaviour; disguise focuses on clothing, false beard, make-up etc. and deception.
Guise is not used for physical appearance. It is used for behavior. "Guised as a surgeon, he entered the OT and took out someone's kidney." It means he pretended to be a surgeon but wasn't.
Disguise refers to clothing and appearance.
I am not very sure, but I think the prefix "dis-" is used here to mean "throw away original appearance".