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verb ob·fus·cate \ˈäb-fə-ˌskāt; äb-ˈfəs-ˌkāt, əb-\

: to make (something) more difficult to understand


Full Definition of OBFUSCATE

transitive verb
a :  darken
b :  to make obscure <obfuscate the issue>
:  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.


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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