adjective, ob·scur·er, ob·scur·est.
verb (used with object), ob·scured, ob·scur·ing.
SYNONYMS FOR obscure
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Origin of 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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Example sentences from the Web for obscure
Old school video game “fog” and darkness would obscure the darkest regions of the game, most notably the aforementioned Valley of Defilement, which set the bog standard for similar levels, like the infamous “Blighttown” of “Dark Souls.”‘Demon’s Souls’ review: The ideal PlayStation 5 launch game|Gene Park|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Why Perdue got interested in an obscure tax regulation, which would impact at most only a small set of the richest Americans, is unclear.Georgia Senator David Perdue Privately Pushed for a Tax Break for Rich Sports Teamowners|by Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott|November 20, 2020|ProPublica
The company did not reveal how effective its labels are, except to say that when a label obscures a post, 95 percent of people do not click to see what is behind the warning screen.Facebook says it labeled 180 million debunked posts ahead of the election|Rachel Lerman, Heather Kelly|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Amplitudeologists argue that the field picture is obscuring simpler mathematical patterns.
High and low, popular and obscure, new and old, holy and profane, Trebek put all of them on equal terms.Remembering Alex Trebek, The Man With All The Answers|Oliver Roeder|November 9, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
A tugboat improbably sits high on the bank, obscured by tall grass, a broken oil rig hangs over the water nearby.
People were singing the national anthem as the whole front of the National Palace was obscured by a smoke cloud.
He was captivated by footage of her escape through the hazy entryway of the supermarket, which was obscured by pepper spray.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath|Nina Strochlic|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The officers covered the peephole so that their faces would be obscured, and Taravati opened the door.
The scenes of penetration are obscured with masking or blurring.Japan’s Desperate Housewives Opting for Adulterous Online Dating|Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Gudel's pale face was obscured by a mocking though sweet face, which flitted between him and all else.The Son of Monte Christo|Jules Lermina
The sky was obscured with clouds and one of those tropical hurricanes called squalls swept over the island and sea.The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;|John R. Musick
With the back of his hand he pushed up the unkempt hair which obscured his eyes.Barlasch of the Guard|H. S. Merriman
She saluted him modestly, and without a word turned round and "obscured her face as not seeming well contented."
The flood in 1951 reduced the population of voles and obscured the normal seasonal trends.