obnubilate

verb
ob·nu·bi·late | \ äb-ˈnü-bə-ˌlāt , -ˈnyü- \
obnubilated; obnubilating

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obnubilation \äb-ˌnü-bə-ˈlā-shən, -ˌnyü- \ noun

The Political History of obnubilate

The meaning of obnubilate becomes clearer when you know that its ancestors are the Latin terms ob- (meaning "in the way") and nubes ("cloud"). It's a high-flown sounding word, which may be why it often turns up in texts by and about politicians. This has been true for a long time. In fact, when the U.S. Constitution was up for ratification, 18th-century Pennsylvania statesman James Wilson used obnubilate to calm fears that the president would have too much power: "Our first executive magistrate is not obnubilated behind the mysterious obscurity of counsellors…. He is the dignified, but accountable magistrate of a free and great people."

First Known Use of obnubilate

1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obnubilate

Latin obnubilatus, past participle of obnubilare, from ob- in the way + nubilare to be cloudy, from nubilus cloudy, from nubes cloud — more at ob-, nuance

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