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obscurantism

[uh b-skyoo r-uh n-tiz-uh m, ob-skyoo-ran-tiz-uh m] /əbˈskyʊər ənˌtɪz əm, ˌɒb skyʊˈræn tɪz əm/
noun
1.
opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge.
2.
deliberate obscurity or evasion of clarity.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < French obscurantisme; see obscurant, -ism
Related forms
obscurantist, noun, adjective
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Examples for obscurantism
  • obscurantism and obfuscation on national television.
  • They viewed it as a sign of reactionary obscurantism, an obstacle to modernity.
Word Origin and History for obscurantism
obscurantism
1834, from Ger. obscurantismus (18c.); see obscure.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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