obscurity

noun
ob·​scu·​ri·​ty | \ äb-ˈskyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce obscurity (audio) , əb-\
plural obscurities

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

That’s, in part, because the Minutemen’s ride from obscurity to the national spotlight isn’t over. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "Del Gaizo seals UMass’ 4-3 OT win over Denver," 12 Apr. 2019 The focus on launching new faces on an exclusive contract has led many newcomers, who may debut at a prominent show one season only to fade into obscurity the next, towards a dead end. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kering Commits to Using Models Over 18: Will the Rest of the Fashion World Follow Suit?," 15 May 2019 Maybe a higher price would help lift the best bottles out of obscurity? Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Is This Chilean Wine Too Affordable?," 9 Nov. 2018 And Verdi, the undisputed master of Italian opera, has suffered a measure of obscurity as a result, even as his music continues to permeate the collective subconscious of popular culture in the US. Weston Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Verdi' takes a lively approach to uncovering the man behind the art," 4 July 2018 An art dealer discovered unknown artists, then supported them through years, even decades, of obscurity. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 The president remains popular, however, for lifting Turkey out of economic obscurity. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Turkish voters cast ballots in election seen as a test for Erdogan," 24 June 2018 The advent of Spotify and YouTube has made the entire musical universe instantaneously accessible, rendering the concept of obscurity moot. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "What Happened to the Cool Jerk of Indie Rock?," 4 June 2018 Every year, players come out of relative obscurity to become dominant fantasy baseball performers. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "In progress: Week 7 fantasy baseball chat," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of obscurity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of obscurity was in the 14th century

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obscurity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of obscurity

: the state of being unknown or forgotten
: something that is difficult to understand
: the quality of being difficult to understand

obscurity

noun
ob·​scu·​ri·​ty | \ äb-ˈskyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce obscurity (audio) , əb-\
plural obscurities

Kids Definition of obscurity

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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