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obscure
used in The Scarlet Letter

4 meanings, 10 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Definition to block from view or make less visible or understandable
  • By those best acquainted with his habits, the paleness of the young minister's cheek was accounted for by his too earnest devotion to study ... and more than all, to the fasts and vigils of which he made a frequent practice, in order to keep the grossness of this earthly state from clogging and obscuring his spiritual lamp.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (23% in)
obscuring = making less visible or understandable
  • Many characteristics—and those, too, which contribute not the least forcibly to impart resemblance in a sketch—must have vanished, or been obscured, before I met the General.
    Introductory (46% in)

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2  —2 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Definition not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
  • [the scarlet letter] gave her a sympathetic knowledge of the hidden sin in other hearts.  She was terror-stricken by the revelations that were thus made. ...must she receive those intimations—so obscure, yet so distinct—as truth?
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (88% in)
obscure = not clearly understood
  • The founders of the greater part of the families which now compose the aristocracy of Salem might here be traced, from the petty and obscure beginnings of their traffic, at periods generally much posterior to the Revolution, upward to what their children look upon as long-established rank, Prior to the Revolution there is a dearth of records; the earlier documents and archives of the Custom-House having, probably, been carried off to Halifax, when all the king's officials accompanied...
    Introductory (61% in)

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3  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Definition not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
  • It may seem marvellous that, with the world before her—kept by no restrictive clause of her condemnation within the limits of the Puritan settlement, so remote and so obscure—free to return to her birth-place, or to any other European land, and there hide her character and identity under a new exterior, as completely as if emerging into another state of being...
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (13% in)
obscure = not known to many people
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4  —4 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
Definition dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
  • All at once, as with a sudden smile of heaven, forth burst the sunshine, pouring a very flood into the obscure forest, gladdening each green leaf, transmuting the yellow fallen ones to gold, and gleaming adown the gray trunks of the solemn trees.
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (61% in)
obscure = dark
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out...
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (43% in)
  • It was an obscure night in early May.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (3% in)
  • The forest was obscure around them, and creaked with a blast that was passing through it.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (66% in)

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?  —1 use
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  • With his own ghostly hand, the obscurely seen, but majestic, figure had imparted to me the scarlet symbol and the little roll of explanatory manuscript.
    Introductory (72% in)

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