obscurantism

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noun ob·scu·ran·tism \äb-ˈskyu̇r-ən-ˌti-zəm, əb-; ˌäb-skyu̇-ˈran-\

Definition of obscurantism

  1. 1 :  opposition to the spread of knowledge :  a policy of withholding knowledge from the general public

  2. 2a :  a style (as in literature or art) characterized by deliberate vagueness or abstrusenessb :  an act or instance of obscurantism

obscurantist

play \äb-ˈskyu̇r-ən-tist, əb-; ˌäb-skyu̇-ˈran-tist\ noun or adjective

1834

First Known Use of obscurantism

1834


OBSCURANTISM Defined for English Language Learners

obscurantism

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noun ob·scu·ran·tism \äb-ˈskyu̇r-ən-ˌti-zəm, əb-; ˌäb-skyu̇-ˈran-\

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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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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