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Definitions of obscure

  1.   Dark: not distinct: not easily understood: not clear or legible: unknown: humble: living in darkness.
  2.   make difficult to perceive by sight; " The foliage of the huge tree obscures the view of the lake"
  3.   To darken: to make less plain.
  4.   Dark; destitute of light; living in darkness; not easily understood; abstruse; remote from observation; unnoticed; humble; not clear or distinct; not easily legible.
  5.   Obscuration.
  6.   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"
  7.   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.
  8.   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"
  9.   difficult to find; " hidden valleys"; " a hidden cave"; " an obscure retreat"
  10.   not drawing attention; " an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; " an obscure flaw"
  11.   Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects.
  12.   make obscure or unclear; " The distinction was obscured"
  13.   Obscureness.
  14.   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...
  15.   To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark.
  16.   To dim, darken, or hide from view.
  17.   Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed.
  18.   To darken; make less plain.
  19.   Obscurity.
  20.   make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; " Her remarks confused the debate"; " Their words obnubilate their intentions"
  21.   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
  22.   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.
  23.   Little known; lowly.
  24.   Dark; indistinct; not easily understood; unknown; humble.
  25.   Not noticeable; humble; mean.
  26.   Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim.
  27.   To darken; to cloud; to make less visible, legible, intelligible, or glorious; to tarnish; to conceal.
  28.   Dark; with, little- light; not- much- known; lying remote from observation; of humble condition; not easily read or understood; not clear.
  29.   Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription.
  30.   To darken; to hide from view; to make less visible or intelligible; to conceal or disguise; to tarnish; to eclipse.
  31.   make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; " a hidden message"; " a veiled threat"
  32.   Obscurely.
  33.   Not clear to the eye or to the mind; dim; dark; indistinct.
  34.   To darken or hide from view; as, clouds obscure the sun; to render less intelligible; as, to obscure one's meaning.
  35.   not famous or acclaimed; " an obscure family"; " unsung heroes of the war"
  36.   make less visible or unclear; " The stars are obscured by the clouds"

Antonyms for obscure

decided, resplendent, heavy-duty, agleam, faddish, comprehendible, seeable, noted, broad, blatant, simplify, fathomable, highlighted, explain, definitive, demystify, glorious, pictorial, light, understandable, major, famous, big, hot, earthshaking, direct, uncompounded, unambivalent, tangible, distinct, illume, edify, sunlit, red hot, marked, crystal clear, lit, celebrated, construe, detectable, sure, arresting, explicit, overt, bald, popular, Relucent, effulgent, illuminate, definite, weighty, moony, large, flamboyant, floodlit, pop, explicate, uncover, fess, illuminated, self-evident, lightsome, enlighten, specific, emphatic, leading, barefaced, betray, fashionable, get across, name, picturesque, discover, firm, straightforward, mighty, notable, ignite, respectable, sheeny, modish, clarify, noisy, lambent, comprehensible, great, glossy, broadcast, plain, eventful, Popularized, aglitter, educate, fabulous, outstanding, signal, perspicuous, prominent, beaming, tectonic, remarkable, interpret, exemplify, astral, in, heavy, irradiate, bold, respected, striking, defined, uncombined, illumine, incandescent, visible, connected, Brightened, accessible, inflame, powerful, unadorned, ringing, conspicuous, open-and-shut, star, luminous, uncloak, material, distinguishable, ablaze, alight, lucid, voguish, nonambiguous, dramatic, graspable, obvious, notorious, Scrutable, newsworthy, dazzling, sparkling, observable, give away, diaphanous, homogeneous, intelligible, graphic, unconcealed, preferred, confess, showy, beamy, starlit, express, lustrous, moonlit, potent, perceptible, commanding, vivid, elucidate, superior, lay out, disseminate, self-explanatory, reputable, influential, noticeable, big-name, transparent, patent, splendid, reveal, shining, fabled, happening, crowd-pleasing, allow, significant, apprehensible, limpid, admit, glaring, tell, reputed, spell out, delineated, nurture, eye-catching, unmistakable, Bald-faced, certain, meaningful, knowable, noteworthy, disclose, legendary, legible, illustrious, important, apparent, enkindle, luculent, discernible, unbosom, strong, translucent, divulge, Emblaze, disport, Bedazzling, uniform, inspire, demonstrate, renowned, simple, kindle, radiant, esteemed, bespeak, communicate, Famed, indubitable, redoubtable, clear, bright, fulgent, grabby, catchy, faddy, Kenspeckle, substantial, circulate, preeminent, palpable, flaunt, illumined, much, unveil, pellucid, distinguished, vogue, monumental, bright-line, well-known, concede, determined, eminent, momentous, bodacious, consequential, pronounced, estimable, du jour, evince, coherent, honorable, exceptional, expose, Unriddle, show off, declare, lucent, agree, refulgent, unambiguous, recognized, manifest, expound, brilliant, earth-shattering, prestigious, evident, clear-cut, puissant, visual, bathe, exact, illustrate, noble, acknowledge, strut, univocal, splashy, appreciable, infamous, unequivocal, glowing, favorite, unmask, unraveled, propagate, shiny, candescent.

Quotes of obscure

  1. I do very few standards. Hardly any. Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes, for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington tunes that are well known. – Mose Allison
  2. What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care. – William Blake
  3. Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them. – Constantin Brancusi
  4. PENTHOUSE didn't seem to concentrate as much on the girls' faces, and I really wanted to see the girls' faces. It seems like through the 1980's, they almost went out of their way to obscure the girls' faces. – Chester Brown
  5. Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  6. I've always liked being relatively obscure I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs. – Don DeLillo
  7. If you want music that speaks to you, that LISTENS to you, you have to go out of your way, which I enjoy actually. I'm constantly on a private -eye kick to find the totally obscure – Trevor Dunn
  8. The notion of the single man began in the 1950's. The idea of the bachelor as a separate life was new and obscure – Hugh Hefner
  9. The great work must inevitably be obscure except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary. – Henry Miller
  10. The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer. – Edward R. Murrow
  11. Crabbed and obscure definitions are of no use beyond a narrow circle of students, of whom probably every one has a pet one of his own. – Frederick Pollock
  12. Sometimes people get passionate about the obscure jokes. – Martin Short
  13. More people are troubled by what is plain in Scripture than by what is obscure – Roy L. Smith
  14. It flourished with the Saracens, and suffered in the obscure and fanatical days of the Middle Ages. – Isaac Mayer Wise

Usage examples for obscure

  1. All great men were obscure at first,- and they are obscure – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  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. Another is conspicuous for his nobility, but through the embarrassments of poverty would prefer to be obscure – The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
  4. 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
  5. The second weakness was that he was ashamed of his very obscure and humble origin. ” – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
  6. My years of toil have brought to light an obscure passage. ” – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  7. 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
  8. “ 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
  9. 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
  10. Her early history is obscure – The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  11. His apprehension of salvation by faith in Christ had been hitherto obscure and imperfect. ” – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald
  12. But they are secondary, and obscure – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  13. 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
  14. The journal of the voyage is unfortunately somewhat obscure – The French in the Heart of America by John Finley
  15. “ 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
  16. “ I knew one mother in that obscure host of ignorant humanity in revolt. ” – Waiting for Daylight by Henry Major Tomlinson
  17. There were others as obscure – The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace
  18. 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
  19. Yet much of it remains obscure – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  20. 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

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