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Definitions of obscure

  1. 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"
  2. make less visible or unclear; " The stars are obscured by the clouds"
  3. make difficult to perceive by sight; " The foliage of the huge tree obscures the view of the lake"
  4. make obscure or unclear; " The distinction was obscured"
  5. difficult to find; " hidden valleys"; " a hidden cave"; " an obscure retreat"
  6. not clearly understood or expressed; " an indeterminate 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
  7. 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"
  8. not famous or acclaimed; " an obscure family"; " unsung heroes of the war"
  9. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; " a hidden message"; " a veiled threat"
  10. make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; " Her remarks confused the debate"; " Their words obnubilate their intentions"
  11. 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...
  12. Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim.
  13. Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed.
  14. Not noticeable; humble; mean.
  15. Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription.
  16. Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects.
  17. To render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious.
  18. Obscurity.
  19. Without clearness or distinctness; as, an obscure view; shadowy; dim; dark; as, an obscure room; not easily understood; as, an obscure meaning; illegible; as, faint or obscure writing; remote; unknown; as, he lived in an obscure little village; secluded; humble; as, he occupied an obscure position.
  20. To darken or hide from view; as, clouds obscure the sun; to render less intelligible; as, to obscure one's meaning.
  21. Obscurely.
  22. Obscureness.
  23. Dark: not distinct: not easily understood: not clear or legible: unknown: humble: living in darkness.
  24. To darken: to make less plain.
  25. Dark; indistinct; not easily understood; unknown; humble.
  26. Obscuration.
  27. To darken; make less plain.
  28. To dim, darken, or hide from view.
  29. Not clear to the eye or to the mind; dim; dark; indistinct.
  30. Dark; destitute of light; living in darkness; not easily understood; abstruse; remote from observation; unnoticed; humble; not clear or distinct; not easily legible.
  31. To darken; to cloud; to make less visible, legible, intelligible, or glorious; to tarnish; to conceal.
  32. Dark; with, little- light; not- much- known; lying remote from observation; of humble condition; not easily read or understood; not clear.
  33. To darken; to hide from view; to make less visible or intelligible; to conceal or disguise; to tarnish; to eclipse.

Usage examples for obscure

  1. Yet much of it remains obscure. – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  2. No, though I can shed a little light on it; a very little, and I fear even that will only make the rest more obscure. – The Red Symbol by John Ironside
  3. In fact, that was now my view of the land, figures emerging from dark obscure multitudes up into a bright circle of light. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  4. His writings are so very obscure, that it is difficult to state what are the opinions contained in them; he taught, however, that by the New Jerusalem which came down from heaven, was intended a new church as to doctrine, and that he was the person to whom this doctrine was revealed, and who was appointed to make it known to the world. – Christian Sects in the Nineteenth Century by Caroline Frances Cornwallis
  5. The second weakness was that he was ashamed of his very obscure and humble origin. – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
  6. Up betimes, by coach to Sir W. Coventry's, and with him by coach to White Hall, and there walked in the garden talking of several things, and by my visit to keep fresh my interest in him; and there he tells me how it hath been talked that he was to go one of the Commissioners to Ireland, which he was resolved never to do, unless directly commanded; for he told me that for to go thither, while the Chief Secretary of State was his professed enemy, was to undo himself; and, therefore, it were better for him to venture being unhappy here, than to go further off, to be undone by some obscure instructions, or whatever other way of mischief his enemies should cut out for him. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  7. Instead of driving straight there himself, Anthony went with a friend to an obscure, mud- built house in the village. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  8. There were others as obscure. – The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace
  9. Her early history is obscure. – The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  10. But they are secondary, and obscure. – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  11. The journal of the voyage is unfortunately somewhat obscure. – The French in the Heart of America by John Finley
  12. I knew one mother in that obscure host of ignorant humanity in revolt. – Waiting for Daylight by Henry Major Tomlinson
  13. To bury him in so obscure a spot, Scrymgeour would not allow, and he had sent Stephen Ireland with the sacred corpse to Dumbarton, with orders to see him entombed in the chapel of that fortress. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  14. His apprehension of salvation by faith in Christ had been hitherto obscure and imperfect. – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald
  15. All great men were obscure at first,- and they are obscure. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  16. Another is conspicuous for his nobility, but through the embarrassments of poverty would prefer to be obscure. – The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
  17. She lived obscure, but in easy circumstances, and died at Paris more than twenty years after the Cardinal Dubois, by whom she had had no children. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  18. I shall never forget, Cornelius, when you are a rich man and a great man, that when you were but a poor, obscure artist, you gave me all a poor, obscure artist has to give." – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  19. In a literary history, however, of the scale and plan of this present, the question of Montaigne's subjects and sentiments, interesting as it is, must not be allowed to obscure the question of the expression which he gave to these sentiments. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
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