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 obscurely
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
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.