Obscure - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əbˈskjʊr|  American pronunciation of the word obscure
Brit.  |əbˈskjʊə|  British pronunciation of the word obscure
- make less visible or unclear (syn: becloud, befog, cloud, fog, mist)
- make unclear, indistinct, or blurred (syn: blur, confuse)
- make obscure or unclear (syn: bedim, overcloud)
- reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa
- make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing (syn: blot out, hide, obliterate, veil)
- not clearly expressed or understood (syn: vague)
- marked by difficulty of style or expression (syn: dark)
- difficult to find (syn: hidden)
- not famous or acclaimed (syn: unknown, unsung)
- not drawing attention
- remote and separate physically or socially (syn: apart, isolated)


The movie is full of obscure references that only pop culture enthusiasts will understand.

The origins of the language are obscure.

The true history has been obscured by legends about what happened.

They accused the company of trying to obscure the fact that the product poses a health risk.

I found her lecture very obscure.

Details of this period of Shakespeare's life remain obscure.

The fog is so dense, you can only make out the obscure shape of trees.

The view was obscured by fog.

Two new skyscrapers had sprung up, obscuring the view from her window.

His fame was obscured by the fame of his wife.

The details of his life remain obscure.

For some obscure reason, the group is very popular.

Recent successes have obscured the fact that the company is still in trouble.

The view was obscured by mist.

The moon was now quite obscured.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: obscure
he/she/it: obscures
present participle: obscuring
past tense: obscured
past participle: obscured
comparative: obscurer
superlative: obscurest
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