Synonyms of obscure


1. obscure, befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist, hide, conceal

usage: make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"

2. confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate, change, alter, modify

usage: make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"

3. obscure, bedim, overcloud, change, alter, modify

usage: make obscure or unclear; "The distinction was obscured"

4. obscure, reduce

usage: reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa

5. obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide, change, alter, modify

usage: make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"


1. obscure, vague, unclear (vs. clear)

usage: 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

2. dark, obscure, incomprehensible (vs. comprehensible), uncomprehensible

usage: 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"

3. hidden, obscure, concealed (vs. unconcealed)

usage: difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat"

4. obscure, unknown, unsung, inglorious (vs. glorious)

usage: not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war"

5. obscure, unnoticeable, inconspicuous (vs. conspicuous), invisible

usage: not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw"

6. apart(predicate), isolated, obscure, unconnected (vs. connected)

usage: 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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Definition and meaning of obscure (Dictionary)