Definition of obfuscate
- obfuscate the issue
- officials who … continue to obscure and obfuscate what happened
- —Mary Carroll
- obfuscate the reader
- The suspect often obfuscated during the interrogation.
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Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.
Their explanations only serve to obfuscate and confuse.
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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.
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