adjective, ob·scur·er, ob·scur·est.
verb (used with object), ob·scured, ob·scur·ing.
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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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Meanwhile, Mowers is facing a congressional ethics investigation for obscuring his past work for big pharmaceutical companies by illegibly writing that information on his disclosure forms.Races to watch: LGBTQ issues on the line in competitive 2020 showdowns|Chris Johnson|October 28, 2020|Washington Blade
Google’s recent, and future, applications of natural language processing and AI will be aimed at removing those tradeoffs so that it can serve relevant results, no matter how obscure a query might be or where on a site that information lives.What passage indexing and natural language processing mean for the future of SEO|George Nguyen|October 27, 2020|Search Engine Land
The scams and subsequent law enforcement stings left a stench of disrepute on the broader crypto industry—one that has helped obscure the real progress made by ventures like Filecoin and Polkadot.The blockchain industry faces a moment of truth as high-profile projects go live|Jeff|October 21, 2020|Fortune
However, those averages could obscure dramatic changes in individual performance, if about half of winners continued to improve their performance while the other half returned to their previous level of performance.Do The WNBA’s Most Improved Players Keep Up Their Success?|Jenn Hatfield|October 20, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
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Some 50 detectives are now poring over this paperwork in the obscurely named "Operation Weeting."
No matter how obscurely one has ever appeared in print, one pays the penalty of the pinnacle ever after.The Joys of Being a Woman|Winifred Kirkland
Owing to an abortive and obscurely originated action for libel, the whole matter revives.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
As things are, His glory is but obscurely visible in His saints.The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians|G. G. Findlay
We can but obscurely image to ourselves the thoughts and deeds of the earliest dwellers in our island.Ireland, Historic and Picturesque|Charles Johnston
Was she obscurely conscious of two states of being in herself, and did she therefore fear to trust her own impulses?The Golden Fleece|Julian Hawthorne