Definitions for obscureness

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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


Princeton's WordNet

  1. humbleness, unimportance, obscureness, lowliness(noun)

    the state of being humble and unimportant

  2. obscurity, obscureness(noun)

    the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination

  3. obscureness, obscurity, abstruseness, reconditeness(noun)

    the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand


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Webster Dictionary

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