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obscurity

[ uhb-skyoor-i-tee ]
/ əbˈskyʊər ɪ ti /
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noun, plural ob·scu·ri·ties.

the state or quality of being obscure.
the condition of being unknown: He lived in obscurity for years before winning acclaim.
uncertainty of meaning or expression; ambiguity.
an unknown or unimportant person or thing.
darkness; dimness; indistinctness.

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Origin of obscurity

1470–80; late Middle English <Middle French obscurite<Latin obscūritās, equivalent to obscūr(us) obscure + -itās-ity

OTHER WORDS FROM obscurity

non·ob·scu·ri·ty, noun, plural non·ob·scu·ri·ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for obscurity

obscurity
/ (əbˈskjʊərɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being obscure
an obscure person or thing
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