not clearly understood or expressed
"an obscure turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
marked by difficulty of style or expression
"much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
difficult to find
"hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat"
obscure, unknown, unsung(adj)
not famous or acclaimed
"an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war"
not drawing attention
"an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw"
apart(p), isolated, obscure(verb)
remote and separate physically or socially
"existed over the centuries as a world apart"; "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"; "an obscure village"
obscure, befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist(verb)
make less visible or unclear
"The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"
confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate(verb)
make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
"Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
obscure, bedim, overcloud(verb)
make obscure or unclear
"The distinction was obscured"
reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa
obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide(verb)
make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
"a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"
To darken, make faint etc.
To hide, put out of sight etc.
Dark, faint or indistinct.
Hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous.
Difficult to understand.
Origin: From obscur, from obscurus, possibly, from ob + , from root scu, seen also in scutum; see scutum, sky.
covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim
of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed
not noticeable; humble; mean
not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription
not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects
to render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious
to conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark
Origin: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]
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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ob-skūr′, adj. dark: not distinct: not easily understood: not clear, legible, or perspicuous: unknown: humble: unknown to fame: living in darkness.—v.t. to darken: to make less plain: to render doubtful.—ns. Obscū′rant, one who labours to prevent enlightenment or reform; Obscū′rantism, opposition to inquiry or reform; Obscū′rantist, an obscurant.—adj. pertaining to obscurantism.—n. Obscūrā′tion, the act of obscuring or state of being obscured.—adv. Obscūre′ly.—ns. Obscūre′ment; Obscūre′ness; Obscū′rer; Obscū′rity, state or quality of being obscure: darkness: an obscure place or condition: unintelligibleness: humility. [Fr.,—L. obscurus.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
Used in an exaggeration of its normal meaning, to imply total incomprehensibility. “The reason for that last crash is obscure.” “The find(1) command's syntax is obscure!” The phrase moderately obscure implies that something could be figured out but probably isn't worth the trouble. The construction obscure in the extreme is the preferred emphatic form.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'obscure' in Verbs Frequency: #1082
The numerical value of obscure in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of obscure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I strive to be brief, and become obscure.
Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio.(When I labor to be brief, I become obscure.)
Action is only coarsened thought-thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
I'd actually used the word I was trying to obscure. I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe.
Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- nezřetelný, temnýCzech
- vernebeln, düster, verdunkeln, verdecken, undeutlich, obskur, verschleiern, unbedeutendGerman
- obscuro, esconder, ocultarSpanish
- hämärä, piiloutunut, vaikeaselkoinen, huomaamaton, hämärtää, piilottaaFinnish
- obscurcir, obscur, sibyllinFrench
- tompa, kétes hírűHungarian
- nascosto, oscuro, vago, poco chiaro, indistinto, confuso, oscuratoItalian
- 不明瞭, 朦朧Japanese
- whakarehurehu, rehurehuMāori
- замаглен, мрачен, нејасенMacedonian
- verborgen, duisterDutch
- [[mało]] [[znany]], ukryć, ciemny, przesłonić, ukryty, niewyraźny, zaciemnić, schowaćPolish
- obscura, obscur, întuneca, ascuns, ascunde, întunecos, oculta, retrasRomanian
- скрывать, смутный, затемнять, неясный, непонятный, скрытый, прятать, тёмныйRussian
- che khuấtVietnamese
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