1878, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from French (earlier as noun), borrowed from Latin obscūrant-, obscūrans, present participle of obscūrāre "to darken, eclipse, conceal from knowledge" — more at obscure entry 2
Keep scrolling for more
Time Traveler for obscurant
See more words from the same year
4 Oct 2021
Cite this Entry
“Obscurant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obscurant. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.
More from Merriam-Webster on obscurant
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for obscurant
See Definitions and Examples »
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Difficult Spelling Words Quiz
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Top 10 Latin Phrases
From the week ending 10/22/2021
When each letter can be seen but not heard
Which gets used where?
A simple trick to keep them separate
How 'literally' can mean "figuratively"
How to use a word that (literally) drives some pe...
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Can you correctly identify these musical instrume...
Take the quiz
What treat did the Aztecs refer to as "bitter wat...