obscurantism

[uhb-skyoor-uhn-tiz-uhm, ob-skyoo-ran-tiz-uhm]
noun
1.
opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge.
2.
deliberate obscurity or evasion of clarity.

Origin:
1825–35; < French obscurantisme; see obscurant, -ism

obscurantist, noun, adjective
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obscurant (əbˈskjʊərənt)
 
n
1.  an opposer of reform and enlightenment
 
adj
2.  of or relating to an obscurant
3.  causing obscurity
 
obscu'rantism
 
n
 
obscu'rantist
 
n, —adj

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obscurantist
c.1840, from obscurantism.

obscurantism
1834, from Ger. obscurantismus (18c.); see obscure.
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Right-wing critics sneer that this is a pork barrel for obscurantist, lefty pc historians, but they are wrong.
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