obfuscate

[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]
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:
1525–35; < 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)
 
vb
1.  to obscure or darken
2.  to perplex or bewilder
 
[C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark]
 
obfus'catory
 
adj

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obfuscate
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
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.
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