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obscure

[uh b-skyoo r] /əbˈskyʊər/
adjective, obscurer, obscurest.
1.
(of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain:
an obscure sentence in the contract.
2.
not clear to the understanding; hard to perceive:
obscure motivations.
3.
(of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaning clearly or plainly.
4.
indistinct to the sight or any other sense; not readily seen, heard, etc.; faint.
5.
inconspicuous or unnoticeable:
the obscure beginnings of a great movement.
6.
of little or no prominence, note, fame, or distinction:
an obscure French artist.
7.
far from public notice, worldly affairs, or important activities; remote; retired:
an obscure little town.
8.
lacking in light or illumination; dark; dim; murky:
an obscure back room.
9.
enveloped in, concealed by, or frequenting darkness.
10.
not bright or lustrous; dull or darkish, as color or appearance.
11.
(of a vowel) having the reduced or neutral sound usually represented by the schwa (ə).
verb (used with object), obscured, obscuring.
12.
to conceal or conceal by confusing (the meaning of a statement, poem, etc.).
13.
to make dark, dim, indistinct, etc.
14.
to reduce or neutralize (a vowel) to the sound usually represented by a schwa (ə).
noun
15.
Origin of obscure
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French oscur, obscur < Latin obscūrus dark
Related forms
obscuredly
[uh b-skyoo r-id-lee] /əbˈskyʊər ɪd li/ (Show IPA),
obscurely, adverb
obscureness, noun
subobscure, adjective
subobscurely, adverb
subobscureness, noun
unobscure, adjective
unobscurely, adverb
unobscureness, noun
unobscured, adjective
Synonyms
1. doubtful, dubious. 4. blurred, veiled. 6. undistinguished, unnoted, unknown. 7. secluded, inconspicuous, unnoticeable, unnoticed. 8. cloudy, dusky, somber.
Antonyms
1. certain. 4. clear. 6. noted. 7. conspicuous. 8. bright.
Synonym Study
1. See mysterious. 8. See dark.
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Examples from the Web for unobscured
Historical Examples
  • Here the sun rose, and set, as unobscured from the sight, as on the wastes of ocean.

  • It was a moment of feeling almost wild,—so free, so unobscured.

  • In the morning her faith had been unobscured, confident as a flower at dawn.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • Gabriel now put forth his unobscured opinion, for the moment had come.

  • The woody growth is scanty, and hence the view is unobscured the greater part of the way.

  • He was about to turn again when he looked out upon the river, where the moon was shining with unobscured light.

    The Phantom of the River Edward S. Ellis
  • That unobscured brain applied to nobler ends would have won higher results, but the principle remains the same.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • The stars which guided her were the unobscured constellations of civil and religious liberty.

  • Follow it up with courage, The double triangle, the long road and the unobscured star are before you.

    Cupology Clara
  • The camp lay in the full sunshine of fortune, unobscured by the least cloud.

British Dictionary definitions for unobscured

obscure

/əbˈskjʊə/
adjective
1.
unclear or abstruse
2.
indistinct, vague, or indefinite
3.
inconspicuous or unimportant
4.
hidden, secret, or remote
5.
(of a vowel) reduced to or transformed into a neutral vowel (ə)
6.
gloomy, dark, clouded, or dim
verb (transitive)
7.
to make unclear, vague, or hidden
8.
to cover or cloud over
9.
(phonetics) to pronounce (a vowel) with articulation that causes it to become a neutral sound represented by (ə)
noun
10.
a rare word for obscurity
Derived Forms
obscuration (ˌɒbskjʊˈreɪʃən) noun
obscurely, adverb
obscureness, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin obscūrus dark
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Word Origin and History for unobscured

obscure

adj.

c.1400, "dark," figuratively "morally unenlightened; gloomy," from Old French obscur, oscur "dark, clouded, gloomy; dim, not clear" (12c.) and directly from Latin obscurus "dark, dusky, shady," figuratively "unknown; unintelligible; hard to discern; from insignificant ancestors," from ob "over" (see ob-) + -scurus "covered," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see sky). Related: Obscurely.

obscure

v.

early 15c., "to cover (something), cloud over," from obscure (adj.) or else from Middle French obscurer, from Latin obscurare "to make dark, darken, obscure," from obscurus. Related: Obscured; obscuring.

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