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obfuscate

[ ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt ]
/ 藞蓲b f蓹藢ske瑟t, 蓲b藞f蕦s ke瑟t /
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Definition of obfuscate

verb (used with object), ob路fus路cat路ed, ob路fus路cat路ing.
to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
to darken.
verb (used without object) ob路fus路cat路ed, ob路fus路cat路ing.
to make something unclear, obscure, or difficult to understand: Notice how she obfuscates when asked directly about her conversations with the defendant.
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Origin of obfuscate

First recorded in 1525鈥35; from Late Latin obfusc膩tus (past participle of obfusc膩re 鈥渢o darken鈥), equivalent to Latin ob- ob- + fusc(us) 鈥渄ark鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM obfuscate

ob路fus路ca路tion [ob-fuh-skey-shuhn], /藢蓲b f蓹藞ske瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounob路fus路ca路to路ry [ob-fuhs-kuh-tawr-ee], /蓲b藞f蕦s k蓹藢t蓴r i/, adjectiveun路ob路fus路cat路ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for obfuscate

obfuscate
/ (藞蓲bf蕦s藢ke瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to obscure or darken
to perplex or bewilder

Derived forms of obfuscate

obfuscatory, adjective

Word Origin for obfuscate

C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fusc膩re to blacken, from fuscus dark
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