adjective, ob·scur·er, ob·scur·est.
verb (used with object), ob·scured, ob·scur·ing.
- obscurum per obscurius,
Origin of obscure
Examples from the Web for obscure
And too much of a focus on numbers can obscure strategic truths.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But the authority of his name far exceeds that of our own, famous or obscure though we be.
Whether it was actual ignorance, senility, or some obscure test, it's hard to know.
He can barely speak the titles, but manages to let Viridiana and That Obscure Object of Desire pass from his lips.
Some critics complained that his symbolism was obscure and was lost on the audience.
The star of his genius mounted, without a cloud to obscure it, in the firmament of the Church.The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March|Sabine Baring-Gould
"And I am poor, obscure and—old," he finished, his eyes upon her face.Southern Hearts|Florence Hull Winterburn
She was mysterious, significant, full of obscure meaning —like a symbol.Tales of Unrest|Joseph Conrad
But I think the proportion at least as large among the offspring of the great as among the children of the obscure.
Socialism was talked about in the reviews: some of us knew that an obscure Socialist movement was stirring into life in London.The History of the Fabian Society|Edward R. Pease
Word Origin for obscure
c.1400, "dark," figuratively "morally unenlightened; gloomy," from Old French obscur, oscur "dark, clouded, gloomy; dim, not clear" (12c.) and directly from Latin obscurus "dark, dusky, shady," figuratively "unknown; unintelligible; hard to discern; from insignificant ancestors," from ob "over" (see ob-) + -scurus "covered," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see sky). Related: Obscurely.
early 15c., "to cover (something), cloud over," from obscure (adj.) or else from Middle French obscurer, from Latin obscurare "to make dark, darken, obscure," from obscurus. Related: Obscured; obscuring.