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Definition of 'obscure'

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  1. make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"
       Synonyms: befog becloud obnubilate haze over fog cloud mist
  2. make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
       Synonyms: confuse blur obnubilate
  3. make obscure or unclear; "The distinction was obscured"
       Synonyms: bedim overcloud
  4. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"
       Synonyms: blot out obliterate veil hide
  5. make difficult to perceive by sight; "The foliage of the huge tree obscures the view of the lake"
       Synonyms: benight bedim


  1. 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
       Synonyms: vague
  2. 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"
       Synonyms: dark
  3. difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat"
       Synonyms: hidden
  4. not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war"
       Synonyms: unknown unsung
  5. not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw"
       Synonyms: unnoticeable
  6. 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"
       Synonyms: apart isolated

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