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OBSCURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obscure mean? 

OBSCURE (adjective)
  The adjective OBSCURE has 6 senses:

1. not clearly understood or expressed
2. marked by difficulty of style or expression
3. difficult to find
4. not famous or acclaimed
5. not drawing attention
6. remote and separate physically or socially

  Familiarity information: OBSCURE used as an adjective is common.


OBSCURE (verb)
  The verb OBSCURE has 5 senses:

1. make less visible or unclear
2. make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
3. make obscure or unclear
4. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
5. make difficult to perceive by sight

  Familiarity information: OBSCURE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBSCURE (adjective)


Sense 1obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not clearly understood or expressed

Synonyms:

vague; obscure

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unclear (not clear to the mind)


Sense 2obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by difficulty of style or expression

Synonyms:

obscure; dark

Context examples:

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

Similar:

incomprehensible; uncomprehensible (difficult to understand)


Sense 3obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Difficult to find

Synonyms:

hidden; obscure

Context examples:

hidden valleys / a hidden cave / an obscure retreat

Similar:

concealed (hidden on any grounds for any motive)


Sense 4obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not famous or acclaimed

Synonyms:

unsung; obscure; unknown

Context examples:

an obscure family / unsung heroes of the war

Similar:

dishonorable; inglorious (not bringing honor and glory)


Sense 5obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not drawing attention

Synonyms:

unnoticeable; obscure

Context examples:

an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet / an obscure flaw

Similar:

inconspicuous; invisible (not prominent or readily noticeable)


Sense 6obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remote and separate physically or socially

Synonyms:

apart; obscure; isolated

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unconnected (not joined or linked together)


OBSCURE (verb)


Sense 1obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make less visible or unclear

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

obscure; obnubilate; haze over; fog; befog; becloud; cloud; mist

Context example:

The stars are obscured by the clouds

Hypernyms (to "obscure" is one way to...):

conceal; hide (prevent from being seen or discovered)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "obscure"):

overshadow (cast a shadow upon)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

obnubilate; obscure; blur; confuse

Context examples:

Her remarks confused the debate / Their words obnubilate their intentions

Hypernyms (to "obscure" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "obscure"):

muddy (cause to become muddy)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make obscure or unclear

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

bedim; overcloud; obscure

Context example:

The distinction was obscured

Hypernyms (to "obscure" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "obscure"):

mystify (make mysterious)

eclipse (cause an eclipse of; of celestial bodies)

shade; shade off; shadow (cast a shadow over)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

blot out; veil; obliterate; obscure; hide

Context examples:

a hidden message / a veiled threat

Hypernyms (to "obscure" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5obscure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make difficult to perceive by sight

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

bedim; benight; obscure

Context example:

The foliage of the huge tree obscures the view of the lake

Hypernyms (to "obscure" is one way to...):

darken (make dark or darker)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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