obfuscate

[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]
verb (used with object), obfuscated, obfuscating.
1.
to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
2.
to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
3.
to darken.

Origin:
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)
 
vb
1.  to obscure or darken
2.  to perplex or bewilder
 
[C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark]
 
obfus'catory
 
adj

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obfuscate
1536, from L. obfuscatus, pp. of obfuscare "to darken," from ob "over" + fuscare "to make dark," from fuscus "dark."
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obfuscated definition

programming
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.
(2009-05-14)

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Example sentences
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.
It shows us, that you are also a human, which sometimes tends to be obfuscated
  by the science terminology barrier.
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