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obscure

adjective

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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

verb

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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 isn't obscured by smog, the view of the city from the observatory can be spectacular

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Adjective

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

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