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Verb: obscure  ub'skyûr
  1. Make less visible or unclear
    "The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley";
    - befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist
     
  2. Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
    "Her remarks obscured the debate";
    - confuse, blur, obnubilate
     
  3. Make obscure or unclear
    "The distinction was obscured";
    - bedim [archaic], overcloud
     
  4. (linguistics) reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa
     
  5. Make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
    - blot out, obliterate, veil, hide
Adjective: obscure (obscurer,obscurest)  ub'skyûr
  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";
    - vague
     
  2. Marked by difficulty of style or expression
    "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure";
    - dark
     
  3. Difficult to find
    "an obscure retreat";
    - hidden
     
  4. Not famous or acclaimed
    "an obscure family";
    - unknown, unsung
     
  5. Not drawing attention
    "an obscure flaw";
    - unnoticeable
     
  6. Remote and separate physically or socially
    "an obscure village";
    - apart, isolated, out on a limb

Derived forms: obscured, obscures, obscuring, obscurer, obscurest

See also: concealed, incomprehensible, inconspicuous, inglorious, invisible, muddy, unclear, uncomprehensible, unconnected

Type of: alter, change, conceal, hide, modify, reduce

Encyclopedia: Obscure