Definition of obscurity
1 : one that is obscure … peppered with quotes from … heavy hitters, as well as some downright obscurities. — Penelope Green
2 : the quality or state of being obscure novels that have faded into obscurity
Examples of obscurity in a Sentence
In recent years, the tradition has emerged from obscurity.
He has been living in relative obscurity in a small town in the mountains.
After a promising first novel, she faded into obscurity.
Recent Examples of obscurity from the Web
And while some members of the younger generations have opted to pursue film careers, journalistic endeavors, and even low-key lives of relative obscurity (relative being the operative word here), a few are trying their hand at the family business.
Five years ago, a teenager in New Zealand named Ella Yelich-O’Connor was uploading her songs to SoundCloud in obscurity.
Like all these artists, Jones operates primarily in the standard song repertory, transforming classics and obscurities via a remarkable command of the instrument.
Meanwhile, well to the south, Cindy’s running mate, Bret, was heading toward Central America but should reach obscurity first.
So the man who has helped nurture high-altitude running from obscurity into the forefront of extreme mountain sports set out for a second solo ascent in a six-day span of the tallest peak in the world.
Smith emerged from obscurity to sink one of his own.
For floral centerpieces, incorporate obscurity, like glass cloches and fruit, for impact rather than building out too many grandiose bloom moments.
The name of the area’s most prominent landmark, Point Lowly, practically promises obscurity.
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First Known Use of obscurity
OBSCURITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obscurity for English Language Learners
: the state of being unknown or forgotten
: something that is difficult to understand
: the quality of being difficult to understand
OBSCURITY Defined for Kids
Definition of obscurity for Students
1 : the state of being difficult to see or understand
2 : the state of being unknown or forgotten He lived in obscurity.
3 : something that is difficult to understand The poems are filled with obscurities.
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