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obscuration

[ob-skyoo-rey-shuh n] /ˌɒb skyʊˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of obscuring.
2.
the state of being obscured.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin obscūrātiōn- (stem of obscūrātiō) a darkening, equivalent to obscūrāt(us), past participle of obscūrāre (obscūr(us) dark + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion; see -ation
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  • In fact, satellite estimates of sea surface temperature were hindered because of obscuration by the smoke.
Word Origin and History for obscuration
n.

late 15c., from Latin obscurationem (nominative obscuratio) "a darkening, obscuring," noun of action from past participle stem of obscurare (see obscure (v.)).

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