Simple Definition of obfuscate
: to make (something) more difficult to understand
Full Definition of obfuscate
obfuscationplay \ˌäb-(ˌ)fəs-ˈkā-shən\ noun
obfuscatoryplay \äb-ˈfəs-kə-ˌtȯr-ē, əb-\ adjective
Examples of obfuscate in a sentence
Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.
Their explanations only serve to obfuscate and confuse.
Did You Know?
The last syllable of obfuscate may sound like the "skate" in "ice skate," but the two aren't spelled the same way. How can you keep the correct spelling for obfuscate clear in your mind? The knowledge that the word traces to the Latin fuscus, meaning "dark brown," may be of some help. The fact that obfuscate looks and sounds a little like obscure (although the two are etymologically distinct) might help too; both obfuscate and obscure can refer to concealing something or making it more difficult to see or understand. Or maybe alliterative devices are more your cup of tea. If that's the case, you can remember the "c" by recalling that obfuscate means to confuse, cloud over, or cover up.
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