subobscure

obscure

[uhb-skyoor]
adjective, obscurer, obscurest.
1.
(of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract.
2.
not clear to the understanding; hard to perceive: obscure motivations.
3.
(of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaning clearly or plainly.
4.
indistinct to the sight or any other sense; not readily seen, heard, etc.; faint.
5.
inconspicuous or unnoticeable: the obscure beginnings of a great movement.
6.
of little or no prominence, note, fame, or distinction: an obscure French artist.
7.
far from public notice, worldly affairs, or important activities; remote; retired: an obscure little town.
8.
lacking in light or illumination; dark; dim; murky: an obscure back room.
9.
enveloped in, concealed by, or frequenting darkness.
10.
not bright or lustrous; dull or darkish, as color or appearance.
11.
(of a vowel) having the reduced or neutral sound usually represented by the schwa (ə).
verb (used with object), obscured, obscuring.
12.
to conceal or conceal by confusing (the meaning of a statement, poem, etc.).
13.
to make dark, dim, indistinct, etc.
14.
to reduce or neutralize (a vowel) to the sound usually represented by a schwa (ə).
noun

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French oscur, obscur < Latin obscūrus dark

obscuredly [uhb-skyoor-id-lee] , obscurely, adverb
obscureness, noun
subobscure, adjective
subobscurely, adverb
subobscureness, noun
unobscure, adjective
unobscurely, adverb
unobscureness, noun
unobscured, adjective


1. doubtful, dubious. See mysterious. 4. blurred, veiled. 6. undistinguished, unnoted, unknown. 7. secluded, inconspicuous, unnoticeable, unnoticed. 8. cloudy, dusky, somber. See dark.


1. certain. 4. clear. 6. noted. 7. conspicuous. 8. bright.
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obscure (əbˈskjʊə)
 
adj
1.  unclear or abstruse
2.  indistinct, vague, or indefinite
3.  inconspicuous or unimportant
4.  hidden, secret, or remote
5.  (of a vowel) reduced to or transformed into a neutral vowel ()
6.  gloomy, dark, clouded, or dim
 
vb
7.  to make unclear, vague, or hidden
8.  to cover or cloud over
9.  phonetics to pronounce (a vowel) with articulation that causes it to become a neutral sound represented by ()
 
n
10.  a rare word for obscurity
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin obscūrus dark]
 
obscuration
 
n
 
ob'scurely
 
adv
 
ob'scureness
 
n

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obscure
c.1400, from O.Fr. obscur "dark, dim, not clear," from L. obscurus "covered over, dark, obscure, indistinct," from ob "over" + -scurus "covered," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal;" source of O.N. sky, O.E. sceo "cloud," and L. scutum "shield" and Gk. skeue "dress" (see
sky). The verb is first recorded early 15c.
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