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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 of obfuscate
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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British Dictionary definitions for obfuscation

obfuscation

/ˌɒbfʌsˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand

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
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Word Origin and History for obfuscation
n.

early 15c., originally medical, "the darkening of a sore," from Latin obfuscationem (nominative obfuscatio), noun of action from past participle stem of obfuscare (see obfuscate).

obfuscate

v.

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.

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