obnubilate [ob- noo-b uh-leyt, - nyoo-] Word Origin See more synonyms for obnubilate on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), ob·nu·bi·lat·ed, ob·nu·bi·lat·ing. to cloud over; becloud; obscure. Origin of obnubilate 1575–85;
past participle of
to darken, obscure, equivalent to
to become cloudy, verbal derivative of
nubilous Related forms ob·nu·bi·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obnubilate (tr) literary to darken or obscure Word Origin
C16: ultimately from Latin
obnūbilāre to cover with clouds, from nubes cloud
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Word Origin and History for obnubilate v.
1580s, from Latin
obnibulatus, past participle of obnubilare "to cover with clouds or fog," from ob- (see ob-) + verb from Latin nubes "cloud" (see nuance). Related: Obnubilated; obnubilating; obnubilation.
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