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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, unsungadjective
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, 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"
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"
confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilateverb
make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
"Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
obscure, bedim, overcloudverb
make obscure or unclear
"The distinction was obscured"
reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa
obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hideverb
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.
Etymology: From obscur, from obscurus, possibly, from ob +, from root scu, seen also in scutum; see scutum, sky.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: obscur, Fr. obscurus, Latin.
Whoso curseth his father or mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. Prov. xx. 20.
Who shall tempt with wand’ring feet
The dark unbottom’d infinite abyss,
And thro’ the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way? John Milton, Paradise Lost.
The obscure bird clamour’d the live-long night. William Shakespeare.
I explain some of the most obscure passages, and those which are most necessary to be understood, and this according to the manner wherein he used to express himself. Dryd.
He says, that he is an obscure person; one, I suppose, that is in the dark. Francis Atterbury.
Etymology: obscuro, Latin.
Sudden the thunder blackens all the skies,
And the winds whistle, and the surges roll
Mountains on mountains, and obscure the pole. Alexander Pope.
They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne’s oak, with obscured lights; which at the very instant of Falstaff’s and our meeting, they will at once display to the night. William Shakespeare.
What must I hold a candle to my shames?
They in themselves, good sooth, are too, too light.
Why, ’tis an office of discovery, love,
And I should be obscur’d. William Shakespeare, M. of Venice.
Thinking by this retirement to obscure himself from God, he infringed the omnisciency and essential ubiquity of his maker. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.
By private consent it hath been used in dangerous times to obscure writing, and make it hard to be read by others not acquainted with the intrigue. William Holder.
There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of learned men, as this. William Wake.
Think’st thou, vain spirit, thy glories are the same,
And seest not sin obscures thy godlike frame?
I know thee now by thy ungrateful pride,
That shows me what thy faded looks did hide. Dryden.
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
Etymology: [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]
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
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.
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not readily seen: not well defined.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'obscure' in Verbs Frequency: #1082
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The numerical value of obscure in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of obscure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of obscure in a Sentence
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.
You -- poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are -- I entreat to accept me as a husband.
Rule three hundred of obscure leadership if it's your idea, you get to implement it.
While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success, ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as manager and our very best wishes for the future.
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Translations for obscure
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- غام, مظلمArabic
- nezřetelný, temnýCzech
- obskur, verdunkeln, verdecken, undeutlich, verschleiern, unbedeutend, düster, vernebelnGerman
- obscuro, ocultar, esconderSpanish
- hämärtää, huomaamaton, vaikeaselkoinen, piilottaa, hämärä, piiloutunutFinnish
- obscur, sibyllin, obscurcirFrench
- kétes hírű, tompaHungarian
- oscurato, confuso, vago, nascosto, indistinto, poco chiaro, oscuroItalian
- 朦朧, 不明瞭Japanese
- whakarehurehu, rehurehuMāori
- нејасен, мрачен, замагленMacedonian
- duister, verborgenDutch
- [[mało]] [[znany]], schować, ukryć, zaciemnić, ciemny, niewyraźny, ukryty, przesłonićPolish
- întuneca, obscur, retras, ascuns, oculta, ascunde, obscura, întunecosRomanian
- прятать, безвестный, скрывать, непонятный, неясный, смутный, скрытый, тёмный, затемнятьRussian
- che khuấtVietnamese
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