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Dictionary definition for: Obscure

1. (v) make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"

2. (s) not clearly understood or expressed; "an obscure turn of phrase" "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...for

3. (v) make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate" "Their words obnubilate their intentions"

4. (s) marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me" "those who do not appreciate Kafka''s work say his style is obscure"

5. (v) make obscure or unclear; "The distinction was obscured"

6. (s) difficult to find; "hidden valleys" "a hidden cave" "an obscure retreat"

7. (v) make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message" "a veiled threat"

8. (s) not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family" "unsung heroes of the war"

9. (v) make difficult to perceive by sight; "The foliage of the huge tree obscures the view of the lake"

10. (s) not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet" "an obscure flaw"

11. (s) remote and separate physically or socially; "existed over the centuries as a world apart" "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization" "an obscure village"

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