obfuscate

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

Definition of obfuscate

obfuscated

obfuscating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  darken b :  to make obscure <obfuscate the issue>

  3. 2 :  confuse <obfuscate the reader>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to be evasive, unclear, or confusing

obfuscation

play \ˌäb-(ˌ)fəs-ˈkā-shən\ noun

obfuscatory

play \äb-ˈfəs-kə-ˌtȯr-ē, əb-\ adjective

Examples of obfuscate in a sentence

  1. Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of obfuscate

Late Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare, from Latin ob- in the way + fuscus dark brown — more at ob-, dusk


First Known Use: 1577


OBFUSCATE Defined for English Language Learners

obfuscate

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

Definition of obfuscate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) more difficult to understand



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