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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.
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 obfuscating
  • 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.
  • War is always a good occasion to trot him out, as are obfuscating politicians.
  • Don't forget that obfuscating technical jargon also keeps outsiders from accessing types of knowledge.
  • In any event, deities have always been really good at covering their tracks and obfuscating their messages.
  • With each twist, another layer of valuation is added on, obfuscating any clear understanding of the underlying risk.
  • Complainant's case was rife with both obfuscating and incredible testimony.
  • To set aside two such signed statements in favor of confusing, obfuscating testimony would defeat reason.
British Dictionary definitions for obfuscating


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 obfuscating



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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