- 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.
Origin of obscurity
Related Words for obscuritydarkness, uncertainty, obscureness, ambiguity, dimness, indistinctness, fuzziness
Examples from the Web for obscurity
Contemporary Examples of 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
August 17, 2014
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
June 10, 2014
He died in obscurity in Paris in 1792, never having another opportunity to command a fleet.Russia’s American Crimea Hero
March 14, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of obscurity
Her great distress was to realise that she was alone in the obscurity at such moments.The Dream
Obscurity of station or of birth has no tendency to prelude the favour of God.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Troubled as the future was, it was the unknown future, and in its obscurity there was ignorant hope.A Tale of Two Cities
To some, obscurity itself is attractive, from the hope that worthiness is the cause of it.A Dish Of Orts
And Gervaise carefully took another ten steps in the obscurity.L'Assommoir
- the state or quality of being obscure
- an obscure person or thing
Word Origin and History for obscurity
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.