adjective, ob·scur·er, ob·scur·est.
verb (used with object), ob·scured, ob·scur·ing.
Origin of obscure
Synonyms for obscure
Antonyms for obscure
Related Words for obscureenigmatic, ambiguous, cryptic, esoteric, arcane, mysterious, complicated, vague, confusing, murky, secluded, rare, irrelevant, unknown, humble, inaccessible, distant, undisclosed, secretive, undistinguished
Examples from the Web for obscure
Contemporary Examples of 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
But the authority of his name far exceeds that of our own, famous or obscure though we be.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Astrology and black magic are forbidden in Islam; not an obscure point and one that Monis likely knew.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of obscure
Words are not more than tasteless drapery to obscure their lines.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It was about half-past eight, and the night had been obscure for some time.
We should not let the much that is to do obscure the much which has been done.
This was still an obscure question, to which, in her inexperience, she found no answer.The Dream
His parentage was obscure, and he was generally known only by his nickname of Professor.The Secret Agent
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.