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obscurity

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of obscurity

  1. 1 the quality or state of having a veiled or uncertain meaning <the 16th-century astrologer's predictions are so filled with obscurity that people can interpret them any way they want> Synonyms ambiguity, ambiguousness, darkness, equivocalness, equivocation, inscrutability, inscrutableness, murkiness, mysteriousness, nebulosity, nebulousness, obliqueness, obliquity, opacity, opaqueness Related Words mystery, reconditeness; cloudiness, dimness, faintness, fogginess, fuzziness, haziness, indefiniteness, indistinctness, mistiness, shade, shadow, uncertainty, vagueness; impenetrability, incomprehensibility, incomprehensibleness; circuitousness, circuity, indirectness; deepness, depth, profoundness; abstruseness, abstrusity, complexity, complication, difficulty, obtuseness Near Antonyms comprehensibility, intelligibility, legibility; brightness, distinctness, self-evidence; certainty, surety; definiteness, exactness, explicitness, incision, incisiveness, lucidity, lucidness, perspicuity, perspicuousness; directness, forthrightness, openness, straightforwardness; palpability, tangibility, tangibleness, visibility; readability, readableness; obviousness Antonyms clarity, clearness, obviousness, plainness

  2. 2 the quality or state of being mostly or completely unknown <the singer languished in relative obscurity for years before becoming famous> Synonyms anonymity, facelessness, namelessness, nowhere, nowheresville, silence Related Words oblivion; inconspicuousness, invisibility, invisibleness; insignificance; unpopularity Near Antonyms character, mark, name, note, rep [slang], report, reputation, repute; favor, popularity; importance, significance; distinction, eminence, glory, greatness, honor, illustriousness, note, preeminence, prominence; megastardom, superstardom; cachet, kudos, position, prestige, rank, standing, stature; acclaim, acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), praise, recognition; adoration, idolization Antonyms celebrity, fame, notoriety, renown

  3. 3 the quality or state of being impossible to know, understand, or explain <her novels were favored by gullible critics who confuse obscurity with profundity> Synonyms impenetrability, inscrutableness, mysteriousness, numinousness, inscrutability, uncanninessRelated Words deepness, profundity; darkness, murkiness, inscrutability, shadowiness, vagueness; ambiguity, equivocality, equivocalness; incomprehensibility, unintelligibility, unintelligibleness; inexplicability, inexplicableness; unanswerability; unknowability; abstruseness, abstrusity, esotericism, hermetism, reconditenessNear Antonyms intelligibility, understandability; clarity, obviousness, plainness, self-evidence, straightforwardness, transparency





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