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Meaning & Definition of Obscure in English

English

Obscure

/əbskjʊr/

verb

1. Make less visible or unclear

  • "The stars are obscured by the clouds"
  • "The big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"
    synonym:
  • obscure
  • ,
  • befog
  • ,
  • becloud
  • ,
  • obnubilate
  • ,
  • haze over
  • ,
  • fog
  • ,
  • cloud
  • ,
  • mist

2. Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

  • "Her remarks confused the debate"
  • "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
    synonym:
  • confuse
  • ,
  • blur
  • ,
  • obscure
  • ,
  • obnubilate

3. Make obscure or unclear

  • "The distinction was obscured"
    synonym:
  • obscure
  • ,
  • bedim
  • ,
  • overcloud

4. Reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa

    synonym:
  • obscure

5. Make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

  • "A hidden message"
  • "A veiled threat"
    synonym:
  • obscure
  • ,
  • blot out
  • ,
  • obliterate
  • ,
  • veil
  • ,
  • hide

adjective

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
    synonym:
  • obscure
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • dark
  • ,
  • obscure

3. Difficult to find

  • "Hidden valleys"
  • "A hidden cave"
  • "An obscure retreat"
    synonym:
  • hidden
  • ,
  • obscure

4. Not famous or acclaimed

  • "An obscure family"
  • "Unsung heroes of the war"
    synonym:
  • obscure
  • ,
  • unknown
  • ,
  • unsung

5. Not drawing attention

  • "An unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"
  • "An obscure flaw"
    synonym:
  • obscure
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • apart(p)
  • ,
  • isolated
  • ,
  • obscure

Examples of using

It's still obscure to me.
The sky is obscure, I can see no star.
It's quite obscure what this sentence means.