obfuscate


ob·fus·cate

verb \ˈäb-fə-ˌskāt; äb-ˈfəs-ˌkāt, əb-\

: to make (something) more difficult to understand

ob·fus·cat·edob·fus·cat·ing

Full Definition of OBFUSCATE

transitive verb
1
a :  darken
b :  to make obscure <obfuscate the issue>
2
:  confuse <obfuscate the reader>
intransitive verb
:  to be evasive, unclear, or confusing
ob·fus·ca·tion \ˌäb-(ˌ)fəs-ˈkā-shən\ noun
ob·fus·ca·to·ry \äb-ˈfəs-kə-ˌtr-ē, əb-\ adjective

Examples of OBFUSCATE

  1. Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.
  2. Their explanations only serve to obfuscate and confuse.

Origin of OBFUSCATE

Late Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare, from Latin ob- in the way + fuscus dark brown — more at ob-, dusk
First Known Use: 1577

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