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[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

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Related Words for obfuscation

puzzlement, stupor, confusion, discombobulation, bewilderment, fog, stupefaction, perplexity, bafflement, obfuscation

British Dictionary definitions for obfuscation


  1. the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand
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verb (tr)
  1. to obscure or darken
  2. to perplex or bewilder
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Derived Formsobfuscatory, adjective

Word Origin for obfuscate

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


early 15c., originally medical, "the darkening of a sore," from Latin obfuscationem (nominative obfuscatio), noun of action from past participle stem of obfuscare (see obfuscate).

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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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