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
Driven by Mantello’s sensitive direction, the script reveals layers of subtext that may have been previously obscured for many viewers.
They obscured and scattered sounds reflected off the outer stone circle.Stonehenge enhanced voices and music within the stone ring|Bruce Bower|September 29, 2020|Science News For Students
Simmons had been one of four players during the 2017-18 regular season to score more than 1,000 points in the paint, so Boston prioritized obscuring his path to the rim throughout the series.Can The Sixers Find A Way To Win It All With Embiid And Simmons?|James L. Jackson|September 28, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
That means the camera itself is completely obscured and can’t record anything if it’s not flying.Amazon’s home security drone may actually be less creepy than a regular camera|Stan Horaczek|September 26, 2020|Popular Science
Critics worry that in a warming world where smoke now obscures the sun, pressure to act quickly is advancing a cause faster than science can keep up.This restaurant duo want a zero-carbon food system. Can it happen?|Bobbie Johnson|September 24, 2020|MIT Technology Review
He could, theoretically, present himself as a model citizen who made a mistake while obscuring what the mistakes been.
In this case, the rapid flow obviously was lying directly between the black hole and us, obscuring our view.
The Guardian recently wondered whether “the breasts are obscuring the message.”
One of the wages of polarization is the obscuring of what once was broad common ground even on supposed culture war issues.
Her body was covered with a blanket when it was found inside a cavern of the ancient walls, obscuring it from view.
Louis could not help seeing the lovely group, through the half-obscuring draperies of the open door.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
We stumbled along, close up, for the thick-piled clouds still hung their light-obscuring banners over the sky.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Of course, it was not smoke obscuring the moon, she decided; it was a lamp, upheld by an ivory figure—a lamp with a Chinese shade.Dope|Sax Rohmer
Stone dust was obscuring the figure now, glittering in the sunlight.The Worshippers|Damon Francis Knight
It is possible that the whole science of life consists in obscuring the truth.The Child of Pleasure|Gabriele D'Annunzio