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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Example sentences
Your side lies, steals, and obfuscates at every opportunity and sees everything
  in a political light.
Mixing enumeration and evaluation obfuscates idea generation, so it was
  discouraged.
Remember that jargon obfuscates communication and implies arrogance.
And those missteps have been highlighted in a way that obfuscates the real
  progress.
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