[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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To obfuscatory
World English Dictionary
obfuscate (ˈɒbfʌsˌkeɪt)
1.  to obscure or darken
2.  to perplex or bewilder
[C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1536, from L. obfuscatus, pp. of obfuscare "to darken," from ob "over" + fuscare "to make dark," from fuscus "dark."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
New indicators would blast away the obfuscatory polemics of growth--and the
  devious politics that goes along with it.
He cuts through obfuscatory accounting to focus on one basic indicator of the
  health of a manufacturer.
Despite the obfuscatory fog of generalities, one thing is reasonably obvious.
However, it's obfuscatory to cite that as your reason for having to land when
  your audience doesn't know what it means.
Related Words
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature