[ ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt ]
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verb (used with object),ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing.
  1. to make unclear or hard to understand, especially deliberately: Do not obfuscate the issue with irrelevant detail.

  2. to confuse or bewilder: The authors achieve their purpose without obfuscating the reader by using too much technical terminology.

  1. to darken.

verb (used without object)ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing.
  1. to make something unclear or hard to understand, especially deliberately; speak or write evasively or obscurely: Notice how she obfuscates when asked directly about her conversations with the defendant.

Origin of obfuscate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Late Latin obfuscātus “darkened,” past participle of obfuscāre “to darken,” from Latin ob- ob- + fusc(us) “dark” + -āre, infinitive suffix

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Other words from obfuscate

  • ob·fus·ca·tion [ob-fuh-skey-shuhn], /ˌɒb fəˈskeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • ob·fus·ca·to·ry [ob-fuhs-kuh-tawr-ee], /ɒbˈfʌs kəˌtɔr i/, adjective
  • un·ob·fus·cat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for obfuscate


/ (ˈɒbfʌsˌkeɪt) /

  1. to obscure or darken

  2. to perplex or bewilder

Origin of obfuscate

C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark

Derived forms of obfuscate

  • obfuscatory, adjective

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