Definition of obscurantism
1 : opposition to the spread of knowledge : a policy of withholding knowledge from the general public
2a : a style (as in literature or art) characterized by deliberate vagueness or abstrusenessb : an act or instance of obscurantism
obscurantistplay \äb-ˈskyu̇r-ən-tist, əb-; ˌäb-skyu̇-ˈran-tist\ noun or adjective
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This started to take effect even before the Internet took off, on account of crate-digging, esotericism and obscurantism, and the burgeoning reissue industry.
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Definition of obscurantism for English Language Learners
: the practice of keeping knowledge or understanding about something from people : the policy of not letting people know something
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