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Definition of Obscure

Obscure

  1. Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim.
  2. Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed.
  3. Not noticeable; humble; mean.
  4. Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription.
  5. Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects.
  6. 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.
  7. To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark.
  8. Obscurity.

Obscure Quotations

A century ago, petroleum - what we call oil - was just an obscure commodity; today it is almost as vital to human existence as water.
James Buchan

The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that's not equity, it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people.
Jacques Delors

Be obscure clearly.
E. B. White

Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
Maya Angelou
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Obscure Translations

obscure in Dutch is onbekend, obscuur, donker
obscure in Italian is ermetico
obscure in Latin is ignotus
obscure in Portuguese is obscuro
obscure in Spanish is disimular, umbrio
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