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Dictionary Definition

obscure adj
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 [syn: 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" [syn: dark]
3 difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat" [syn: hidden]
4 not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war" [syn: unknown, unsung]
5 not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw" [syn: 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" [syn: apart(p), isolated]

Verb

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

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /əbˈskjʊɚ/, /@b"skjU@/

Adjective

  1. Dark, faint or indistinct.
    • "I found myself in an obscure wood . ." Dante, Inferno,1,1-2
  2. Hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous,
  3. Difficult to understand.

Antonyms

Derived terms

Translations

dark, faint or indistinct
hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous

Verb

obscure
  1. To darken, make faint etc.
  2. To hide, put out of sight etc.
    • "I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity." Bill Watterson, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat page 62

Translations

to darken, make faint
to hide, put out of sight

French

Pronunciation

/ɔpskyr/

Adjective

obscure
  1. feminine of obscur

Extensive Definition

Obscure may refer to:
  • ObsCure, a survival horror video game released in 2004
  • "Obscure" (song), by Japanese rock band Dir en grey, from Vulgar
  • Obscure Records, started by Brian Eno in 1975 to release works by lesser-known composers

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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