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obfuscate

[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt] /ˈɒb fəˌskeɪt, ɒbˈfʌs keɪt/
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
1525-1535
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
obfuscatory
[ob-fuhs-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɒbˈfʌs kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unobfuscated, adjective
Synonyms
1. muddle, perplex. 2. cloud.
Antonyms
1. clarify.
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Examples for obfuscation
  • The only obfuscation is the use of online pseudonyms to protect the civilian contract employees from potential retaliation.
  • Those who produce such pieces have a talent for obfuscation and an endless supply of drivel.
  • Not so coincidentally, that obfuscation seems deliberate somehow on the author's part.
  • Fortunately, the authors' attempts at obfuscation do not altogether succeed.
  • Obscurantism and obfuscation on national television.
  • Today an invigorated opposition and an unfettered online media have made apathy and obfuscation harder.
  • They're using mind-bending obfuscation techniques to deliver malicious code from hacked websites undetected.
  • They are talking about the merits of obfuscation as a means of avoiding referendums.
  • Mixing units in an article is deliberate obfuscation.
  • In other words, this would appear to be an obfuscation rather than a cleaning up.
British Dictionary definitions for obfuscation

obfuscate

/ˈɒbfʌsˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to obscure or darken
2.
to perplex or bewilder
Derived Forms
obfuscatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark

obfuscation

/ˌɒbfʌsˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand
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Word Origin and History for obfuscation
obfuscate
1536, from L. obfuscatus, pp. of obfuscare "to darken," from ob "over" + fuscare "to make dark," from fuscus "dark."
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