obfuscate

[ ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt ]
/ ˈɒb fəˌskeɪt, ɒbˈfʌs keɪt /

verb (used with object), ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing.

to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
to darken.

Nearby words

  1. obese,
  2. obesity,
  3. obesogenic,
  4. obex,
  5. obey,
  6. obfuscation,
  7. obi,
  8. obie,
  9. obiit,
  10. obit

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

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British Dictionary definitions for obfuscation

obfuscation

/ (ˌɒbfʌsˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand

obfuscate

/ (ˈɒbfʌsˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to obscure or darken
to perplex or bewilder
Derived Formsobfuscatory, adjective

Word Origin for obfuscate

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

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