"obscure" in the verb sense
1. obscure, befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist
make less visible or unclear
"The stars are obscured by the clouds"
"the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"
2. confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate
make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
"Her remarks confused the debate"
"Their words obnubilate their intentions"
3. obscure, bedim, overcloud
make obscure or unclear
"The distinction was obscured"
reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa
5. obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide
make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
"a hidden message"
"a veiled threat"
"obscure" in the adjective sense
1. obscure, vague
not clearly expressed or understood
"an obscure turn of phrase"
"an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard
"their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin
"vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
2. dark, obscure
marked by difficulty of style or expression
"much that was dark is now quite clear to me"
"those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
3. hidden, obscure
difficult to find
"a hidden cave"
"an obscure retreat"
4. obscure, unknown, unsung
not famous or acclaimed
"an obscure family"
"unsung heroes of the war"
5. obscure, unnoticeable
not drawing attention
"an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"
"an obscure flaw"
6. apart, isolated, obscure
remote and separate physically or socially
"existed over the centuries as a world apart"
"preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson
"tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"
"an obscure village"
Source: WordNet® (An amazing lexical database of English)
Princeton University "About WordNet®."
WordNet®. Princeton University. 2010.
View WordNet® License