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
Bob, big words and obfuscating intentions are irritating.
Such claims are an obfuscating amalgam of theory and conjecture, reality and
  fantasy, nonfiction and science fiction.
The rest of the conclusions are similarly obfuscating.
The remaining lot cannot exist by themselves and decay to produce obfuscating
  detritus.
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