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[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt] /ˈɒb fəˌskeɪt, ɒbˈfʌs keɪt/
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.
Origin of obfuscate
1525-35; < Late Latin obfuscātus (past participle of obfuscāre to darken), equivalent to Latin ob- ob- + fusc(us) dark + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
obfuscation, noun
[ob-fuhs-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɒbˈfʌs kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
unobfuscated, adjective
1. muddle, perplex. 2. cloud.
1. clarify. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for obfuscated
  • The tweets turned out to be obfuscated links to sites where further malicious code and instructions could be downloaded.
  • Having a mirror image of the bar graphs obfuscated the data.
  • It is true that, by requiring the big, final price number to be displayed to the customer the actual tax burden is obfuscated.
  • And they're discourteous to the browser and to the original, non-obfuscated source.
  • It shows us, that you are also a human, which sometimes tends to be obfuscated by the science terminology barrier.
  • It's aimed at making people reflect on what is obfuscated by all the commercialism that has taken over the holiday.
  • Instead of demanding transparency, he actively obfuscated.
  • Once a reader uncovers the clues, he said, the obfuscated locations will become clear.
  • The majority either confused or obfuscated the facts, or failed to mention any health hazards of smoking.
British Dictionary definitions for obfuscated


verb (transitive)
to obscure or darken
to perplex or bewilder
Derived Forms
obfuscatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark
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Word Origin and History for obfuscated



1530s, from Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare "to darken," from ob "over" (see ob-) + fuscare "to make dark," from fuscus "dark" (see dusk). Related: Obfuscated; obfuscating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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obfuscated in Technology

Made unclear, used to describe source code that has been transformed or written to make it as hard as possible to read, usually for fun, as in the Obfuscated C Contest. A japh is a kind of obfuscated Perl program.
The term is not normally used for code that has been transformed for security purposes, e.g. to enforce some kind of licencing mechanism.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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