[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]
verb (used with object), obfuscated, obfuscating.
to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
to darken.

1525–35; < Late Latin obfuscātus (past participle of obfuscāre to darken), equivalent to Latin ob- ob- + fusc(us) dark + -ātus -ate1

obfuscation, noun
obfuscatory [ob-fuhs-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
unobfuscated, adjective

1. muddle, perplex. 2. cloud.

1. clarify.
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obfuscate (ˈɒbfʌsˌkeɪt)
1.  to obscure or darken
2.  to perplex or bewilder
[C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark]

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Word Origin & History

1536, from L. obfuscatus, pp. of obfuscare "to darken," from ob "over" + fuscare "to make dark," from fuscus "dark."
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Example sentences
Your interpretations are supposed to clarify and improve understanding, not
  obfuscate issues and confuse lenders.
To consider it as a culturally-determined phenomena would obfuscate a
  biological reality.
The purpose of writing is to communicate, not to obfuscate.
The purpose of speaking is to communicate, not to obfuscate.
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