to make unclear or hard to understand, especially deliberately: Do not obfuscate the issue with irrelevant detail.
to confuse or bewilder: The authors achieve their purpose without obfuscating the reader by using too much technical terminology.
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.
- 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
to obscure or darken
to perplex or bewilder
- obfuscatory, adjective
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