Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
obscure

ob·scure

obscure

 
pronunciation:
b skyuhr
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
features:
Word Explorer
part of speech: adjective
inflections: obscurer, obscurest
definition 1: weakly or poorly illuminated.
He stumbled in the obscure hallway.
synonyms:
dark, dim
similar words:
black, dusky, gloomy, murky, somber, sunless, tenebrous, unlit
definition 2: appearing faint or indistinct.
We could just make out an obscure figure in the fog.
 
synonyms:
dim, faint, indistinct, vague
antonyms:
clear, plain
similar words:
hazy, imperceptible, indiscernible, nebulous, shadowy
definition 3: inconspicuous or little known.
He had been an obscure author before the publication of his fifth novel.I was born in an obscure little town along the coast.
synonyms:
inconspicuous, unrenowned
antonyms:
distinguished, famed, famous, notable, public, well-known
similar words:
hidden, insignificant, nameless, out-of-the-way, undistinguished, unheard-of, unsung
definition 4: not clear in expression or meaning; uncertain or ambiguous.
Her style of writing is at times obscure.
synonyms:
ambiguous, uncertain, unclear
antonyms:
apparent, clear, lucid, obvious
similar words:
abstruse, cloudy, cryptic, equivocal, esoteric, indefinite, muddy, murky, nebulous, opaque, vague
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: obscured, obscures, obscuring
definition 1: to dim (perception) or conceal (something perceived).
Old age can obscure one's vision.A woman's large hat obscured our view of the screen.
synonyms:
bedim, eclipse, obstruct
antonyms:
enhance, reveal
similar words:
becloud, block, blot, blur, cloud, conceal, cover, darken, dim, fog, mask, occult, screen, shroud, weaken
definition 2: to make unclear in meaning.
The point of her remark was obscured by flowery phrases.
synonyms:
becloud, confuse, muddy, obfuscate
antonyms:
clear, illuminate, illumine
similar words:
befog, blur, evade, fog, perplex
derivations: obscuredly (adv.), obscurely (adv.), obscureness (n.)
Word Explorer
See
  knowledge