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obscure

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1 having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning

  • a fantasy writer who likes to put lots of obscure references and images in her tales of wizards and warlocks
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4 not seen or understood clearly

  • a distinction so obscure that only the experts can really see it
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obscure, dark, vague, enigmatic, cryptic, ambiguous, equivocal mean not clearly understandable. obscure implies a hiding or veiling of meaning through some inadequacy of expression or withholding of full knowledge.
    • obscure poems
dark implies an imperfect or clouded revelation often with ominous or sinister suggestion.
    • muttered dark hints of revenge
vague implies a lack of clear formulation due to inadequate conception or consideration.
    • a vague sense of obligation
enigmatic stresses a puzzling, mystifying quality.
    • enigmatic occult writings
cryptic implies a purposely concealed meaning.
    • cryptic hints of hidden treasure
ambiguous applies to language capable of more than one interpretation.
    • an ambiguous directive
equivocal applies to language left open to differing interpretations with the intention of deceiving or evading.
    • moral precepts with equivocal phrasing

obscure

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1 to keep secret or shut off from view

  • the investigative reporters obscured their real motives for visiting the company by pretending the story was about something else
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2 to make dark, dim, or indistinct

  • when it isnʼt obscured by smog, the view of the city from the observatory can be spectacular
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