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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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  • Despite the obfuscatory fog of generalities, one thing is reasonably obvious.
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  • Maybe what is present usurps what becomes absent, and maybe the absence of obfuscatory things reveals what is present.
  • And if they truly believed they had a good case to make, they would not rely on obfuscatory language.
British Dictionary definitions for obfuscatory

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 obfuscatory

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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