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OBSCURITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obscurity mean? 

OBSCURITY (noun)
  The noun OBSCURITY has 3 senses:

1. the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
2. an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known
3. the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination

  Familiarity information: OBSCURITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBSCURITY (noun)


Sense 1obscurity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

abstruseness; obscurity; reconditeness; obscureness

Hypernyms ("obscurity" is a kind of...):

incomprehensibility (the quality of being incomprehensible)

Antonym:

clarity (free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression)


Sense 2obscurity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An obscure and unimportant standing; not well known

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he worked in obscurity for many years

Hypernyms ("obscurity" is a kind of...):

standing (social or financial or professional status or reputation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obscurity"):

anonymity; namelessness (the state of being anonymous)

humbleness; lowliness; obscureness; unimportance (the state of being humble and unimportant)

nowhere (an insignificant place)

limbo; oblivion (the state of being disregarded or forgotten)

Antonym:

prominence (the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent)


Sense 3obscurity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

obscureness; obscurity

Hypernyms ("obscurity" is a kind of...):

semidarkness (partial darkness)


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