not clearly understood or expressed
"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
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"
vague, sullen, unnoticeable, glum, dismal, dark, moody, apart(p), coloured, disconsolate, dark-skinned, black, gloomy, benighted, non-white, blue, glowering, sour, unknown, sinister, grim, dour, hidden, saturnine, sorry, drab, dingy, isolated, dreary, drear, unsung, morose
difficult to find
"hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat"
obscure, unknown, unsung(adj)
not famous or acclaimed
"an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war"
not drawing attention
"an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw"
apart(p), isolated, obscure(verb)
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"
obscure, befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist(verb)
make less visible or unclear
"The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"
confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate(verb)
make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
"Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
fuddle, film over, slur, confound, befuddle, fog, fox, confuse, becloud, jumble, cloud, smutch, mix up, glaze over, flurry, bedim, blot out, dim, mist, blur, throw, obliterate, haze over, overcloud, smear, hide, put off, smudge, befog, veil, disconcert, discombobulate, blear, bedevil, obnubilate
obscure, bedim, overcloud(verb)
make obscure or unclear
"The distinction was obscured"
reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa
obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide(verb)
make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
"a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"
Dark, faint or indistinct.
Hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous.
Difficult to understand.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
That is obscure which the eye or the mind can not clearly discern or see through, whether because of its own want of transparency, its depth or intricacy, or because of mere defect of light. That which is complicated is likely to be obscure, but that may be obscure which is not at all complicated and scarcely complex, as a muddy pool. In that which is abstruse (Latin abs, from, and trudo, push) as if removed from the usual course of thought or out of the way of apprehension or discovery, the thought is remote, hidden; in that which is obscure there may be nothing to hide; it is hard to see to the bottom of the profound, because of its depth, but the most shallow turbidness is obscure. Compare COMPLEX; DARK; DIFFICULT; MYSTERIOUS.
See synonyms for CLEAR.
abstruse, ambiguous, cloudy, complex, complicated, dark, darksome, deep, dense, difficult, dim, doubtful, dusky, enigmatical, hidden, incomprehensible, indistinct, intricate, involved, muddy, mysterious, profound, turbid, unintelligible
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- مظلم, غامArabic
- nezřetelný, temnýCzech
- vernebeln, düster, verdunkeln, verdecken, undeutlich, obskur, verschleiern, unbedeutendGerman
- obscuro, esconder, ocultarSpanish
- hämärä, piiloutunut, vaikeaselkoinen, huomaamaton, hämärtää, piilottaaFinnish
- obscurcir, obscur, sibyllinFrench
- tompa, kétes hírűHungarian
- nascosto, oscuro, vago, poco chiaro, indistinto, confuso, oscuratoItalian
- 不明瞭, 朦朧Japanese
- whakarehurehu, rehurehuMāori
- замаглен, мрачен, нејасенMacedonian
- verborgen, duisterDutch
- [[mało]] [[znany]], ukryć, ciemny, przesłonić, ukryty, niewyraźny, zaciemnić, schowaćPolish
- obscura, obscur, întuneca, ascuns, ascunde, întunecos, oculta, retrasRomanian
- скрывать, смутный, затемнять, неясный, непонятный, скрытый, прятать, тёмный, безвестныйRussian
- che khuấtVietnamese
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