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obscurant

[ uhb-skyoor-uhnt ]
/ əbˈskyʊər ənt /
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noun
a person who strives to prevent the increase and spread of knowledge.
a person who obscures.
adjective
pertaining to or characteristic of obscurants.
tending to make obscure.
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Origin of obscurant

1790–1800; <Latin obscūrant- (stem of obscūrāns, present participle of obscūrāre), equivalent to obscūr(us) dark + -ant--ant
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How to use obscurant in a sentence

  • Overhead the ionic field was aglow, humming softly, beating back the obscurant mists.

    One Purple Hope!|Henry Hasse
  • Shun double-entendres, prurient jocosity, and pestiferous profanity, obscurant or apparent.

  • Whoever confessed his faith in the truths of the Bible was called an obscurant.

    Life of Luther|Gustav Just

British Dictionary definitions for obscurant

obscurant
/ (əbˈskjʊərənt) /

noun
an opposer of reform and enlightenment
adjective
of or relating to an obscurant
causing obscurity

Derived forms of obscurant

obscurantism, nounobscurantist, noun, adjective
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