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obfuscate

[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]
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verb (used with object), ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing.
  1. to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
  2. to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
  3. to darken.
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Origin of obfuscate

1525–35; < Late Latin obfuscātus (past participle of obfuscāre to darken), equivalent to Latin ob- ob- + fusc(us) dark + -ātus -ate1
Related formsob·fus·ca·tion, nounob·fus·ca·to·ry [ob-fuhs-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɒbˈfʌs kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·ob·fus·cat·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. muddle, perplex. 2. cloud.

Antonyms

1. clarify.
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British Dictionary definitions for obfuscatory

obfuscate

verb (tr)
  1. to obscure or darken
  2. to perplex or bewilder
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Derived Formsobfuscatory, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark
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Word Origin and History for obfuscatory

obfuscate

v.

1530s, from Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare "to darken," from ob "over" (see ob-) + fuscare "to make dark," from fuscus "dark" (see dusk). Related: Obfuscated; obfuscating.

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