Definition of Obscure in English :

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Obscure meaning in English

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1. becloud, befog, cloud, fog, haze over, mist, obnubilate, obscure

make less visible or unclear

Example Sentences:
'The stars are obscured by the clouds'
'the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley'

2. blur, confuse, obnubilate, obscure

make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

Example Sentences:
'Her remarks confused the debate'
'Their words obnubilate their intentions'

3. bedim, obscure, overcloud

make obscure or unclear

Example Sentences:
'The distinction was obscured'

4. obscure

reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa

5. blot out, hide, obliterate, obscure, veil

make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

Example Sentences:
'a hidden message'
'a veiled threat'


6. obscure, vague

not clearly understood or expressed

Example Sentences:
'an obscure turn of phrase'
'an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit'
'their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear'
'vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science'

7. dark, obscure

marked by difficulty of style or expression

Example Sentences:
'much that was dark is now quite clear to me'
'those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure'

8. hidden, obscure

difficult to find

Example Sentences:
'hidden valleys'
'a hidden cave'
'an obscure retreat'

9. obscure, unknown, unsung

not famous or acclaimed

Example Sentences:
'an obscure family'
'unsung heroes of the war'

10. obscure, unnoticeable

not drawing attention

Example Sentences:
'an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet'
'an obscure flaw'

11. apart, isolated, obscure

remote and separate physically or socially

Example Sentences:
'existed over the centuries as a world apart'
'preserved because they inhabited a place apart'
'tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization'
'an obscure village'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of obscure
unclear or abstruse
indistinct, vague, or indefinite
inconspicuous or unimportant
hidden, secret, or remote
(of a vowel) reduced to or transformed into a neutral vowel (ə)
gloomy, dark, clouded, or dim
verb (transitive)
to make unclear, vague, or hidden
to cover or cloud over
9. phonetics
to pronounce (a vowel) with articulation that causes it to become a neutral sound represented by (ə)
10.  a rare word for obscurity

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see synonyms of obscure
lacking light; dim; dark; murky
the obscure night
not easily perceived
; specif.,
not clear or distinct; faint or undefined
an obscure figure or sound
not easily understood; vague; cryptic; ambiguous
an obscure explanation
in an inconspicuous position; hidden
an obscure village
not well-known; not famous
an obscure scientist
4.  Phonetics
pronounced as (ə) or ( (ɪ) ; i) ) because it is not stressed; reduced; neutral
said of a vowel
verb transitiveWord forms: obˈscured or obˈscuring
to make obscure
; specif.,
to darken; make dim
to conceal from view; hide
to make less conspicuous; overshadow
a success that obscured earlier failures
to make less intelligible; confuse
testimony that obscures the issue
6.  Phonetics
to make (a vowel) obscure
7.  Rare

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of obscure
adj. ob·scur·er, ob·scur·est
1. Deficient in light; dark: the obscure depths of a cave.
a. So faintly perceptible as to lack clear delineation; indistinct: an obscure figure in the fog.
b. Indistinctly heard; faint.
c. Linguistics Having the reduced, neutral sound represented by schwa (ə).
a. Far from centers of human population: an obscure village.
b. Out of sight; hidden: an obscure retreat.
4. Not readily noticed or seen; inconspicuous: an obscure flaw.
5. Of undistinguished or humble station or reputation: an obscure poet; an obscure family.
6. Not clearly understood or expressed; ambiguous or vague: Some say that Blake's style is obscure and complex. See Synonyms at ambiguous.
tr.v. ob·scured, ob·scur·ing, ob·scures
1. To make dim, indistinct, or impossible to see: "His face was obscured in shadow" (Rosemary Mahoney). See Synonyms at block.
2. To make difficult to discern mentally or understand: The meaning of the text was obscured by its difficult language.
3. To diminish the stature of; overshadow or detract from: "[His] character was so repellent that it has obscured his historical role" (David Rains Wallace).
4. Linguistics To reduce (a vowel) to the neutral sound represented by schwa (ə).
Something obscure or unknown.

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