- to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
- to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
- to darken.
Origin of obfuscate
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1. muddle, perplex. 2. cloud.
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- the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand
- to obscure or darken
- to perplex or bewilder
C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark
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Word Origin and History for obfuscation
early 15c., originally medical, "the darkening of a sore," from Latin obfuscationem (nominative obfuscatio), noun of action from past participle stem of obfuscare (see obfuscate).
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