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.
Did You Know?
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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