Associations to the word «Obscure»


OBSCURE, adjective. Dark, faint or indistinct.
OBSCURE, adjective. Hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous.
OBSCURE, adjective. Difficult to understand.
OBSCURE, verb. (transitive) To render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious.
OBSCURE, verb. (transitive) To hide, put out of sight etc.
OBSCURE, verb. (intransitive) (obsolete) To conceal oneself; to hide.

Dictionary definition

OBSCURE, verb. Make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley".
OBSCURE, verb. Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions".
OBSCURE, verb. Make obscure or unclear; "The distinction was obscured".
OBSCURE, verb. Reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa.
OBSCURE, verb. Make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat".
OBSCURE, adjective. 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...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke.
OBSCURE, adjective. 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".
OBSCURE, adjective. Difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat".
OBSCURE, adjective. Not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war".
OBSCURE, adjective. Not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw".
OBSCURE, adjective. 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".

Wise words

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
Mark Twain