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Definitions of obscure

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. make difficult to perceive by sight; "The foliage of the huge tree obscures the view of the lake" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. make obscure or unclear; "The distinction was obscured" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. not clearly understood or expressed; "an indeterminate 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. 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... Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Not noticeable; humble; mean. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Obscurity. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Without clearness or distinctness; as, an obscure view; shadowy; dim; dark; as, an obscure room; not easily understood; as, an obscure meaning; illegible; as, faint or obscure writing; remote; unknown; as, he lived in an obscure little village; secluded; humble; as, he occupied an obscure position. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To darken or hide from view; as, clouds obscure the sun; to render less intelligible; as, to obscure one's meaning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. Obscurely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Obscureness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Dark: not distinct: not easily understood: not clear or legible: unknown: humble: living in darkness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. To darken: to make less plain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Dark; indistinct; not easily understood; unknown; humble. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. Obscuration. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. To darken; make less plain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. To dim, darken, or hide from view. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Not clear to the eye or to the mind; dim; dark; indistinct. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Little known; lowly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Dark; destitute of light; living in darkness; not easily understood; abstruse; remote from observation; unnoticed; humble; not clear or distinct; not easily legible. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. To darken; to cloud; to make less visible, legible, intelligible, or glorious; to tarnish; to conceal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. Dark; with, little-light; not-much-known; lying remote from observation; of humble condition; not easily read or understood; not clear. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. To darken; to hide from view; to make less visible or intelligible; to conceal or disguise; to tarnish; to eclipse. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or incomprehensible; as, an obscure passage or inscription. dictgcide_fs
  38. ob-sk[=u]r', 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. OBSC[=U]'RANT, one who labours to prevent enlightenment or reform; OBSC[=U]'RANTISM, opposition to inquiry or reform; OBSC[=U]'RANTIST, an obscurant.--adj. pertaining to obscurantism.--n. OBSC[=U]R[=A]'TION, the act of obscuring or state of being obscured.--adv. OBSC[=U]RE'LY.--ns. OBSC[=U]RE'MENT; OBSC[=U]RE'NESS; OBSC[=U]'RER; OBSC[=U]'RITY, state or quality of being obscure: darkness: an obscure place or condition: unintelligibleness: humility. [Fr.,--L. obscurus.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  39. Dark, dim, (o. rays, invisible heat-rays of solar spectrum); (of colour) dingy, dull, indefinite; indistinct, not clear; hidden, remote from observation; unnoticed; unknown to fame, humble; unexplained, doubtful; not perspicuous or clearly expressed; hence or cogn. obscurely adv., obscurity n. (N.) obscurity, indistinctness. (Vb) make o., dark, indistinct, or unintelligible; dim glory of, outshine; conceal from sight; so obscuration n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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