[ob-noo-buh-leyt, -nyoo-]

verb (used with object), ob·nu·bi·lat·ed, ob·nu·bi·lat·ing.

to cloud over; becloud; obscure.

Origin of obnubilate

1575–85; < Latin obnūbilātus, past participle of obnūbilāre to darken, obscure, equivalent to ob- ob- + nūbilāre to become cloudy, verbal derivative of nūbilus cloudy; see nubilous
Related formsob·nu·bi·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obnubilate



(tr) literary to darken or obscure

Word Origin for obnubilate

C16: ultimately from Latin obnūbilāre to cover with clouds, from nubes cloud
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Word Origin and History for obnubilate

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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