noun, plural ob·scu·ri·ties.
- obscurum per obscurius,
Origin of obscurity
Examples from the Web for obscurity
Instead, they will be at best a stale and bitter punchline of our times and then fade, unloved, into obscurity.A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock|John Avlon|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then they lose and return to obscurity, serving in state or local office.Losing a Senate Race Was Just the Start of Josh Mandel’s Bad News|Ben Jacobs|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He died in obscurity in Paris in 1792, never having another opportunity to command a fleet.
That kind of smart person cannot countenance the idea of obscurity as a fate.
Obscurity seems to guarantee that our talents, our efforts, our lives, will be in some final way wasted.
It may, however, have been that Pitt's dismissal was due not to his obscurity but to an exactly opposite consideration.Lord Chatham|Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
All obscurity is removed by the more faithful rendering, nothing worthy of death hath been done by him.Lectures on Bible Revision|Samuel Newth
What that something is, or how it is to be accomplished, is a matter in obscurity.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. I|Thomas Paine
An oracle is ever veiled in obscurity; the more we believe that we know its meaning, the less do we understand it.Psyche|Molire
Buddhism in Magadha never recovered from this blow; it lingered in obscurity for a while and then vanished.
noun plural -ties
late 15c., "absence of light;" 1610s with meaning "condition of being unknown;" from obscure (adj.) + -ity; or else from Middle French obscurité, variant of Old French oscureté "darkness, gloom; vagueness, confusion; insignificance" (14c.), from Latin obscuritatem (nominative obscuritas) "darkness, indistinctness, uncertainty," from obscurus.