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obscuration

[ob-skyoo-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of obscuring.
  2. the state of being obscured.
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Origin of obscuration

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin obscūrātiōn- (stem of obscūrātiō) a darkening, equivalent to obscūrāt(us), past participle of obscūrāre (obscūr(us) dark + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion; see -ation
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for obscuration

Historical Examples

  • Believe in a future and banish that gross obscuration of you.

    The Celt and Saxon, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Far and nigh Mystery and obscuration none, Yet nowhere any moon or sun!

    The Victories of Love

    Coventry Patmore

  • These are frequently attended by obscuration of vision or temporary blindness.

  • That they both refer to the temporary eclipse, seclusion, or obscuration of a brilliant being, is evident.

  • He diffused sweetness and light in an era marked by bitterness and obscuration.


Word Origin and History for obscuration

n.

late 15c., from Latin obscurationem (nominative obscuratio) "a darkening, obscuring," noun of action from past participle stem of obscurare (see obscure (v.)).

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