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 obscurenesscloudiness, obscurity, uncertainty, indefiniteness, ambiguity, gloom, evening, opacity, darkness, duskiness, dusk, midnight, night, nighttime, dimness, murk, shade, nightfall, murkiness, twilight
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Historical Examples of obscureness
Then it was rain, wind, obscureness of gloom, and lightning.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The system of Spinosa—for I allude to him—is, it is true, in ill repute for its obscureness and unintelligibility.The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures
Frederick von Schlegel
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.