[uh b-skyoo r-uh nt]
- a person who strives to prevent the increase and spread of knowledge.
- a person who obscures.
- pertaining to or characteristic of obscurants.
- tending to make obscure.
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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Examples from the Web for obscurant
Whoever confessed his faith in the truths of the Bible was called an obscurant.Life of Luther
Shun double-entendres, prurient jocosity, and pestiferous profanity, obscurant or apparent.Humorous Hits and How to Hold an Audience
Overhead the ionic field was aglow, humming softly, beating back the obscurant mists.One Purple Hope!
- an opposer of reform and enlightenment
- of or relating to an obscurant
- causing obscurity
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Word Origin and History for obscurant
1878, from Latin obscurantem (nominative obscurans), present participle of obscurare (see obscure (v.)).
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