Definitions for obscureəbˈskyʊər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•scure*əbˈskyʊər(adj.)-scur•er, -scur•est

  1. (adj.)(of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain.

  2. not clear to the understanding; hard to perceive:

    obscure motives.

  3. (of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaning clearly or plainly.

  4. not readily seen, heard, etc.; indistinct; faint.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. inconspicuous or unnoticeable:

    the obscure beginnings of a movement.

  6. of little or no prominence or distinction; unknown:

    an obscure artist.

  7. far from public notice or activity; remote:

    an obscure little town.

  8. lacking in light or illumination; dark; dim; murky.

  9. enveloped in or concealed by darkness.

  10. (of a vowel) having the reduced or neutral sound usu. represented by the schwa (ə).

    Category: Phonetics

  11. (v.t.)to conceal or confuse (meaning, intention, or the like); cover; mask.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. to make dark, dim, indistinct, etc.

  13. to reduce or neutralize (a vowel) to the sound usu. represented by a schwa (ə).

    Category: Phonetics

  14. Ref: obscurity.

* Syn: See mysterious.

Origin of obscure:

1400–50; late ME < OF oscur, obscur < L obscūrus dark

ob•scure′ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscure, vague(adj)

    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

  2. dark, obscure(adj)

    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"

  3. hidden, obscure(adj)

    difficult to find

    "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat"

  4. obscure, unknown, unsung(adj)

    not famous or acclaimed

    "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war"

  5. obscure, unnoticeable(adj)

    not drawing attention

    "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw"

  6. 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"

  7. 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"

  8. confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate(verb)

    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

    "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"

  9. obscure, bedim, overcloud(verb)

    make obscure or unclear

    "The distinction was obscured"

  10. obscure(verb)

    reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa

  11. obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide(verb)

    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

    "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. obscure(adjective)əbˈskyʊər

    almost completely unknown

    an obscure 19th century poet

  2. obscureəbˈskyʊər

    very difficult to understand

    an obscure piece of writing

  3. obscure(verb)əbˈskyʊər

    to make difficult to see

    A pillar obscured his view of the stage.

Wiktionary

  1. obscure(Verb)

    To darken, make faint etc.

  2. obscure(Verb)

    To hide, put out of sight etc.

  3. obscure(Adjective)

    Dark, faint or indistinct.

  4. obscure(Adjective)

    Hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous.

  5. obscure(Adjective)

    Difficult to understand.

  6. Origin: From obscur, from obscurus, possibly, from ob + , from root scu, seen also in scutum; see scutum, sky.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obscure

    covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim

  2. Obscure

    of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed

  3. Obscure

    not noticeable; humble; mean

  4. Obscure

    not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription

  5. Obscure

    not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects

  6. Obscure(adj)

    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

  7. Obscure(verb)

    to conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark

  8. Obscure(noun)

    obscurity

Freebase

  1. ObsCure

    ObsCure is a survival horror video game developed by Hydravision Entertainment and published by DreamCatcher Interactive in North America, Ubisoft in China and MC2-Microïds in other territories for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was released on October 1, 2004 in Europe and North America on April 6, 2005.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. obscure

    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

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'obscure' in Verbs Frequency: #1082


Translations for obscure

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

obscure(adjective)

not clear; difficult to see

an obscure corner of the library.

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