Definition of obfuscate
1a : to throw into shadow : darkenb : to make obscure obfuscate the issue officials who … continue to obscure and obfuscate what happened — Mary Carroll
2 : confuse obfuscate the reader
: to be evasive, unclear, or confusing The suspect often obfuscated during the interrogation.
obfuscationplay \ˌäb-(ˌ)fə-ˈskā-shən\ noun
obfuscatoryplay \äb-ˈfə-skə-ˌtȯr-ē, əb-\ adjective
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Examples of obfuscate in a Sentence
Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.
Their explanations only serve to obfuscate and confuse.
Recent Examples of obfuscate from the Web
Or are fivethirtyeight.com's writers obfuscating the only numbers that matter: 44-39 (18-23 at home) and 0.5 games ahead of second-place Kansas City?
The horror overlaying the Orlando shooting, and all mass shootings, obfuscates the patterns and predictors of these violent attacks.
But a series of top Trump aides have dodged, spun and obfuscated when asked whether the President believes climate change is happening.
To obfuscate its activity, the original file on the file server remains unchanged; it is only modified/replaced while in transit from the pandemic file server before being executed on the computer of the remote user.
Yes, Trump can delay, prevaricate, obfuscate, annoy and even shut down federal science.
But, in what has become typical fashion, Spicer obfuscated.
The Moroccan and Jordanian monarchies are flaunting their nondemocratic model after decades of obfuscating it behind the veil of reform.
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Try to Understand the Roots of obfuscate
To obfuscate something means to make it so that it isn't clear or transparent, much like dirty water makes it hard to see to the bottom of a pond. The verb shares its ob- root (meaning "over, completely") with obscure, another word that can refer to the act of concealing something or making it more difficult to see or understand. The rest of obfuscate comes from Latin fuscus, which means "dark brown" and is distantly related to our word dusk.
OBFUSCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obfuscate for English Language Learners
: to make (something) more difficult to understand
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