obscurity

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noun ob·scu·ri·ty \äb-ˈskyu̇r-ə-tē, əb-\

Definition of obscurity

plural

obscurities

  1. 1 :  one that is obscure … peppered with quotes from … heavy hitters, as well as some downright obscurities. — Penelope Green

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being obscure novels that have faded into obscurity

Examples of obscurity in a Sentence

  1. In recent years, the tradition has emerged from obscurity.

  2. He has been living in relative obscurity in a small town in the mountains.

  3. After a promising first novel, she faded into obscurity.

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First Known Use of obscurity

14th century


OBSCURITY Defined for English Language Learners

obscurity

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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

obscurity

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noun ob·scu·ri·ty \äb-ˈskyu̇r-ə-tē, əb-\

Definition of obscurity for Students

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obscurities

  1. 1 :  the state of being difficult to see or understand

  2. 2 :  the state of being unknown or forgotten He lived in obscurity.

  3. 3 :  something that is difficult to understand The poems are filled with obscurities.



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