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obscure - Dictionary definition and meaning for word obscure

(verb) make less visible or unclear
Synonyms : becloud , befog , cloud , fog , haze over , mist , obnubilate
Example Sentence
  • The stars are obscured by the clouds
  • the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley

(verb) make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
Synonyms : blur , confuse , obnubilate
Example Sentence
  • Her remarks confused the debate
  • Their words obnubilate their intentions

(verb) make obscure or unclear
Synonyms : bedim , overcloud
Example Sentence
  • The distinction was obscured

(verb) reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa
(verb) make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
Synonyms : blot out , hide , obliterate , veil
Example Sentence
  • a hidden message
  • a veiled threat

(adj) not clearly understood or expressed
Synonyms : vague
Example Sentence
  • an obscure turn of phrase
  • an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit
  • their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear
  • vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science

(adj) marked by difficulty of style or expression
Synonyms : dark
Example Sentence
  • much that was dark is now quite clear to me
  • those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure

(adj) difficult to find
Synonyms : hidden
Example Sentence
  • hidden valleys
  • a hidden cave
  • an obscure retreat

(adj) not famous or acclaimed
Synonyms : unknown , unsung
Example Sentence
  • an obscure family
  • unsung heroes of the war

(adj) not drawing attention
Synonyms : unnoticeable
Example Sentence
  • an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet
  • an obscure flaw

(adj) remote and separate physically or socially
Synonyms : apart , isolated
Example Sentence
  • existed over the centuries as a world apart
  • preserved because they inhabited a place apart
  • tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization
  • an obscure village

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obscure

OBSCURE= OBSession + CURE == Many psychiatrists believe that Obsession's cure is still UNKNOWN / UNCLEAR...
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by 100_percentiler

obscure = not secure
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by 1.6k

obs sounds like boobs -in the movie cure boobs are shown in a hazy manner not clear
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by cyli

OBesity CURE is not known to many people!!!yaaron wat all u tried:)
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by massb

all the mnemonics listed here are obscure
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by simranjeet

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by massb

o is there cure - unclear, vague,not well known
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by sansecretcp

Suppose you are standing on 20th floor of a tall building and inadvertently a stone fells from there. (Your reaction will sounds like Ob....)Its image will become bleak or hazy after dropping a few floors.
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by rajasbodas

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