Adjective "obscure" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/əbˈskjʊə/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Not discovered or known about; uncertain.
  1. 'But the option is there, and it is clear that ministers, from the Prime Minister down - though Mr Jones's position is still obscure - still genuinely think this is a possibility.'
  2. 'Late in the week I discovered that for some obscure reason one of my friends, Caroline, was married to a different man and had different children.'
  3. 'No doubt some reader of this will know her more obscure connections.'
  4. 'The outback has a colourful and fascinating history that is often obscure or unknown to many people.'
  5. 'Even now, a hundred years on, the precise cause and surrounding circumstances of Oscar Wilde's death remain obscure, shrouded about with mystery.'
  6. 'One morning after a wild electrical storm, Amanda woke to find a strange inscription on the palm of her hand: a single ‘word’ written in some obscure alphabet.'
  7. 'But Algeria still registers in Western media and minds as an obscure and vaguely mysterious place, somewhere on the periphery of the Middle East.'
  8. 'When in such situations the essential basis of territorial sovereignty is lacking or confused, the situation is obscure and uncertain from a legal point of view.'
  9. 'That kind of data may seem obscure and unimportant, but it's a useful tool for researchers and insurance companies wanting to know long-term hurricane trends.'
  10. 'Disillusioned and sickened, Balashov achieves salvation by joining the Skoptsy, an obscure religious sect that existed until only a few decades ago.'
  11. 'They have not hint of ‘an obscure self that is forgotten underneath’.'
  12. 'He heard about Bob from a patient who wore a unique gold design on a neck chain, one that Lovejoy recognized as a combination of two obscure religious symbols.'
  13. 'Is there a post-graduate degree course in obscure extremist political or religious sects?'
  14. 'You could become a flagellant in some obscure religious sect.'
  15. 'He has a way of giving to some obscure magical belief or religious custom a sort of gripping immediacy.'
  16. 'I tend to forget some obscure titles on albums I rarely play.'
  17. 'The fear in itself invoked age-old mythologies about the end of the world and gave religious cults the chance to enact rituals based on obscure prophecies.'
  18. 'As a reporter for a major magazine she intended to write about what would no doubt be an odd, perhaps even bizarre practice by an obscure religious sect.'
Not clearly expressed or easily understood.
  1. 'According to the notes I've been sent, there seems to be a need to cut or alter all sorts of obscure references to German politicians and places because the audience here won't get them.'
  2. 'If you survive his maze of dense wordplay and obscure references, you will probably not find anything too terribly profound, but you'll still be smarter.'
  3. 'Characters are represented here, offering a narrative which is obscure and clearly personal to the artist.'
  4. 'Sometimes the lyrics are obscure and difficult to understand, but stick with them as they are always worth it.'
  5. 'So much the better if you have a cache of slightly obscure references that you can dispense, especially if these bear only tangential relationship to what you are discussing.'
  6. 'Phases that may seem like obscure references to people, animals or those things around us often have a very deep and profound meaning.'
  7. 'This section is disjointed, much is left unexplained, and Brooks uses many obscure local references.'
  8. 'Taylor's one of those crazy people with a humanities minor and is always making obscure references that I don't get.'
  9. 'Still, this is a Frank Black album, with its obscure references and abstruse lyrics.'
  10. 'Also, whether or not it's a specific form, do you happen to know a good site or book with reference to more obscure poetry forms?'
  11. 'I feel an obscure resentment'
  12. 'In the voice, words are flooded with soulful intentionality; the soul emerges briefly from the obscure corporeal dark and is suddenly there.'
  13. 'Yet while Fassbinder remains a signal figure for those who recall his '70s heyday, to a new generation he's something of an obscure shadow from the past.'
  14. 'Most of these people are scared stiff of entering the political arena on their own but eager to do so hidden under some obscure umbrella.'

verb

Keep from being seen; conceal.
  1. 'The sky was 93.5% covered in cloud and light textured cloud or haze obscured the sun.'
  2. 'The clouds billowed up out of nowhere and obscured the sun within seconds.'
  3. 'Subtle surface markings and polar ice caps that would become prominent as there is no dust cloud obscuring the view.'
  4. 'The sun had been long since covered by the mass of clouds that obscured the grey sky when the new recruitment returned upon a chestnut mare with a large backpack upon his shoulders.'
  5. 'It was daylight, slightly cold and the sky was filled with clouds, partially obscuring the sun.'
  6. 'Thick, grey, rain-laden clouds obscure the warm morning sun, casting a certain dreariness upon the land of Myrmar below.'
  7. 'I feel panic rising in the back of my throat, urgency illuminating my cerebral cortex, and a dark cloud of bewilderment obscuring my vision.'
  8. 'Dense black clouds were already obscuring the 15,000-foot peaks that loomed around us.'
  9. 'Crackling clouds of ice obscured the floor and vast red-gold icefalls blocked the only exit.'
  10. 'A cloud of dust obscured the battlefield from view and Vegito was forced to cover his eyes.'
  11. 'the debate has become obscured by conflicting ideological perspectives'
  12. 'Once in a while, it would be refreshing to hear these supporters condemn the actions of those few, rather than obscuring their behaviour behind the genuine upset of the innocent others.'
  13. 'Rather than obscuring the line of separation between church and sport, the authorities would serve hockey well by understanding the distinction.'
  14. 'It tends to obscure the problem rather than highlight it, because we do not try and suggest that a company becomes a trustee for the creditors upon the winding-up.'
  15. 'By the same token, it could be said, historical falsification is bound up with efforts to obscure an understanding of the present.'
  16. 'Being transparent in one's practice rather than obscuring the process of design'
  17. 'We understand that anti-Semitism obscures the reality of what it is to be a Jew, and has enabled atrocities great and small to be committed upon the Jewish people.'
  18. 'This year's theme also continues the habit of taking the Holocaust out of its historical context, and thus obscuring a true understanding of what it was about.'
  19. 'Competing agendas, dismissed administrators and shrill representatives often obscure the facts rather than inform the public.'
  20. 'I hope that those who participate in this great debate will frame their arguments in language that clarifies the issues rather than obscures them.'
  21. 'They can obscure the issues rather than providing clarification.'
  22. 'In other words, it is possible for the profiling code to overshadow or obscure a performance problem.'
  23. 'This approach only detracts and obscures what is really happening.'
  24. 'Much is made of Timbaland's undoubted skill as a producer, in fact so much is made of it that he seems to overshadow and obscure the artists he works with these days.'
  25. 'First, he argued, in data aggregated at the state level, large districts may overshadow or obscure smaller districts.'
  26. 'The violent countdown to elections often obscures how that country is charting its new course on the world stage.'

Definitions

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 prom

More examples(as adjective)

"trails can be obscure near people."

"years can be obscure as earlies."

"wordings can be obscure for users."

"wordings can be obscure for things."

"whichs can be obscure to everyones."

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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French obscur, from Latin obscurus ‘dark’, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘cover’.