What does obscure mean?

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əbˈskyʊərob·scure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscure, vagueadjective

    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, obscureadjective

    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, obscureadjective

    difficult to find

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

  4. obscure, unknown, unsungadjective

    not famous or acclaimed

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

  5. obscure, unnoticeableadjective

    not drawing attention

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

  6. apart(p), isolated, obscureverb

    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, mistverb

    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, obnubilateverb

    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

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

  9. obscure, bedim, overcloudverb

    make obscure or unclear

    "The distinction was obscured"

  10. obscureverb

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

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

    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

    "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"

Wiktionary

  1. obscureverb

    To darken, make faint etc.

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

  2. obscureverb

    To hide, put out of sight etc.

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

  3. obscureadjective

    Dark, faint or indistinct.

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

  4. obscureadjective

    Hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous.

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

  5. obscureadjective

    Difficult to understand.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]

  2. Obscure

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

    Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]

  3. Obscure

    not noticeable; humble; mean

    Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]

  4. Obscure

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

    Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]

  5. Obscure

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

    Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]

  6. Obscureadjective

    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

    Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]

  7. Obscureverb

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

    Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]

  8. Obscurenoun

    obscurity

    Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obscure

    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

  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.

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Entomology

  1. Obscure

    not readily seen: not well defined.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obscure in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obscure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of obscure in a Sentence

  1. Joe DiVincenzo Jr.:

    Triple-AAA bond rating is obscure to the public, but today clearly demonstrates why Essex County is so important.

  2. Jeremy Clarkson:

    I'd actually used the word I was trying to obscure. I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe.

  3. Leland Exton Modesitt, Jr.:

    Rule three hundred of obscure leadership if it's your idea, you get to implement it.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Many people often say that love is blind. But, as far as I am concerned Love is never blind. It sees more and not less. On the contrary, Lust is blind and no wonder it blindfolds one and makes the person to grope in obscure darkness. Yes! that is just what it does. -Emeasoba George

  5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

    We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.

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  • مظلم, غامArabic
  • nezřetelný, temnýCzech
  • vernebeln, düster, verdunkeln, verdecken, undeutlich, obskur, verschleiern, unbedeutendGerman
  • obscuro, esconder, ocultarSpanish
  • مبهمPersian
  • 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
  • 애매한Korean
  • caecōLatin
  • whakarehurehu, rehurehuMāori
  • замаглен, мрачен, нејасенMacedonian
  • verborgen, duisterDutch
  • obskurNorwegian
  • [[mało]] [[znany]], ukryć, ciemny, przesłonić, ukryty, niewyraźny, zaciemnić, schowaćPolish
  • obscuroPortuguese
  • obscura, obscur, întuneca, ascuns, ascunde, întunecos, oculta, retrasRomanian
  • скрывать, смутный, затемнять, неясный, непонятный, скрытый, прятать, тёмный, безвестныйRussian
  • mörkSwedish
  • தெளிவற்றTamil
  • che khuấtVietnamese
  • 朦胧Chinese

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