[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]
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

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

obfuscation (ˌɒbfʌsˈkeɪʃən)
the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand

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Word Origin & History

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
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.
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