adjective, ob·scur·er, ob·scur·est.
verb (used with object), ob·scured, ob·scur·ing.
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Origin of obscure
SYNONYMS FOR obscure
historical usage of obscure
The verb obscure may simply derive from the English adjective by functional shift (a change in the grammatical function of a word). Alternatively, the verb may derive from Middle French obscurer “to make or become dark” or from Latin obscūrāre “to cover, obscure, overshadow, conceal,” a verb derived from obscūrus.
The unrecorded Latin adjective scūrus comes from the Proto-Indo-European root (s)keu-, (s)kū- (with variants) “to cover, envelop” ( scūrus therefore means “covered over”). In Germanic the variant skeu- forms the base of the noun skeujam “cloud cover, cloud,” becoming skȳ “cloud” in Old Norse, which is the immediate source of English sky (a 13th-century borrowing). The variant skū- forms the noun skūmaz “scum” (because it covers the water), which becomes scum in English.
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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