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[adj] not clearly understood or expressed; "an indeterminate turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
[adj] marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
[adj] remote and separate physically or socially; "existed over the centuries as a world apart"; "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"; "an obscure village"
[adj] not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw"
[adj] not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war"
[adj] difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat"
[v] make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"
[v] make obscure or unclear; "The distinction was obscured"
[v] make difficult to perceive by sight; "The foliage of the huge tree obscures the view of the lake"
[v] make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
[v] make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"

Misc. Definitions

\Ob*scure"\, a. [Compar. {Obscurer}; superl. {Obscurest}.] [L. obscurus, orig., covered; ob- (see {Ob-}) + a root probably meaning, to cover; cf. L. scutum shield, Skr. sku to cover: cf.F. obscur. Cf.{Sky}.]
1. Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim. His lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. --Prov. xx. 20.
2. Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed. The obscure bird Clamored the livelong night. --Shak. The obscure corners of the earth. --Sir J. Davies.
3. Not noticeable; humble; mean. ``O base and obscure vulgar.'' --Shak. ``An obscure person.'' --Atterbury.
4. Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription.
5. Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects. {Obscure rays} (Opt.), those rays which are not luminous or visible, and which in the spectrum are beyond the limits of the visible portion. Syn: Dark; dim; darksome; dusky; shadowy; misty; abstruse; intricate; difficult; mysterious; retired; unnoticed; unknown; humble; mean; indistinct.
\Ob*scure"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obscured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Obscuring}.] [L. obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See {Obscure}, a.] To render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious. They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's oak, with obscured lights. --Shak. Why, 't is an office of discovery, love, And I should be obscured. --Shak. There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of learned men as this. --Wake. And seest not sin obscures thy godlike frame? --Dryden.
\Ob*scure"\, v. i. To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark. [Obs.] How! There's bad news. I must obscure, and hear it. --Beau. & Fl.
\Ob*scure"\, n. Obscurity. [Obs.] --Milton.

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