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obscurant

[uh b-skyoo r-uh nt] /əbˈskyʊər ənt/
noun
1.
a person who strives to prevent the increase and spread of knowledge.
2.
a person who obscures.
adjective
3.
pertaining to or characteristic of obscurants.
4.
tending to make obscure.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Latin obscūrant- (stem of obscūrāns, present participle of obscūrāre), equivalent to obscūr(us) dark + -ant- -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for obscurant

obscurant

/əbˈskjʊərənt/
noun
1.
an opposer of reform and enlightenment
adjective
2.
of or relating to an obscurant
3.
causing obscurity
Derived Forms
obscurantism, noun
obscurantist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for obscurant
adj.

1878, from Latin obscurantem (nominative obscurans), present participle of obscurare (see obscure (v.)).

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