HyperDic: obscure

English > 11 senses of the word obscure:
VERBperceptionobscure, befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mistmake less visible or unclear
cognitionobscure, confuse, blur, obnubilatemake unclear, indistinct, or blurred
changeobscure, bedim, overcloudmake obscure or unclear
changeobscurereduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa
changeobscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hidemake undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
ADJECTIVEallobscure, vaguenot clearly understood or expressed
allobscure, darkmarked by difficulty of style or expression
allobscure, hiddendifficult to find
allobscure, unknown, unsungnot famous or acclaimed
allobscure, unnoticeablenot drawing attention
allobscure, apart, isolatedremote and separate physically or socially
obscure > pronunciation
Soundsahbskyuh'r
Rhymesallure ... Ur: 39 rhymes with uhr...
English > obscure: 11 senses > adjective 1
Meaningnot clearly understood or expressed.
Examples
  • "an obscure turn of phrase"
  • "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard
Synonymvague
Broaderunclearnot clear to the mind
Spanishambiguo, impreciso, indefinido, vago
Catalanimprecís, indefinit, vague
Nounsobscureness, obscuritythe quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
English > obscure: 11 senses > adjective 2
Meaningmarked by difficulty of style or expression.
Example "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
Synonymdark
Broaderincomprehensible, uncomprehensibleDifficult to understand
Spanishobscuro
Nounsobscureness, obscuritythe quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
Adverbsobscurelyin an obscure / obscure manner
English > obscure: 11 senses > adjective 3
MeaningDifficult to find.
Example "an obscure retreat"
Synonymhidden
Broaderconcealedhidden on any grounds for any motive
Spanishescondido
English > obscure: 11 senses > adjective 4
Meaningnot famous or acclaimed.
Example"an obscure family"
Synonymsunknown, unsung
Broaderingloriousnot bringing honor and glory
Spanishdesconocido, oscuro
Nounsobscurenessthe state of being humble and unimportant
obscurityan obscure and unimportant standing
English > obscure: 11 senses > adjective 5
Meaningnot drawing attention.
Example "an obscure flaw"
Synonymunnoticeable
Broaderinconspicuous, invisiblenot prominent or readily noticeable
Spanishinadvertible
English > obscure: 11 senses > adjective 6
MeaningRemote and separate physically or socially.
Example "an obscure village"
Synonymsapart, isolated
Broaderunconnectednot joined or linked together
Spanishaislado, apartado
Catalanaïllat, apartat
English > obscure: 11 senses > verb 1, perception
Meaningmake less visible or unclear.
PatternSomething ----s something
Examples
  • "The stars are obscured by the clouds"
  • "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"
Synonymsbefog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist
Narrowerovershadowcast a shadow upon
Broaderhide, concealprevent from being seen or discovered
Spanishanieblarse, nublarse
Catalanemboirar-se, ennuvolar-se
English > obscure: 11 senses > verb 2, cognition
Meaningmake unclear, indistinct, or blurred.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsconfuse, blur, obnubilate
NarrowermuddyCause to become muddy
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Similar toconfuse, confoundmistake one thing for another
Spanishconfundir, desdibujar, entenebrecer, enturbiar, hacer confuso, mezclar
Catalanconfondre, desdibuixar
English > obscure: 11 senses > verb 3, change
Meaningmake obscure or unclear.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"The distinction was obscured"
Synonymsbedim, overcloud
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Spanishensombrecer, nublar, ofuscar
English > obscure: 11 senses > verb 4, change
MeaningReduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa.
PatternSomebody ----s something
CategorylinguisticsThe scientific study of language
Broaderreducedestress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it
English > obscure: 11 senses > verb 5, change
Meaningmake undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsblot out, obliterate, veil, hide
Narrowermystifymake mysterious
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Similar toobliterate, effaceRemove completely from recognition or memory
Spanishcondenar al olvido, enmascarar, enturbiar, erradicar, esconder, ignorar, obscurecer, ofuscar, oscurecer
Catalanenfosquir, fosquejar, obscurir

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