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obscure
used in Frankenstein

4 meanings, 11 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Definition to block from view or make less visible or understandable
  • I had been calm during the day, but so soon as night obscured the shapes of objects, a thousand fears arose in my mind.
    Chapter 23 (5% in)
obscured = made less visible
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Observe how fast we move along and how the clouds, which sometimes obscure and sometimes rise above the dome of Mont Blanc, render this scene of beauty still more interesting.
    Chapter 22 (93% in)
  • It was eight o'clock when we landed; we walked for a short time on the shore, enjoying the transitory light, and then retired to the inn and contemplated the lovely scene of waters, woods, and mountains, obscured in darkness, yet still displaying their black outlines.
    Chapter 23 (2% in)

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2  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Definition not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
  • In the Sorrows of Werter, besides the interest of its simple and affecting story, so many opinions are canvassed and so many lights thrown upon what had hitherto been to me obscure subjects that I found in it a never-ending source of speculation and astonishment.
    Chapter 15 (10% in)
obscure = little understood
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I had an obscure feeling that all was not over and that he would still commit some signal crime, which by its enormity should almost efface the recollection of the past.
    Chapter 9 (33% in)
  • I looked towards its completion with a tremulous and eager hope, which I dared not trust myself to question but which was intermixed with obscure forebodings of evil that made my heart sicken in my bosom.
    Chapter 19 (**% in)

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3  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Definition not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
  • He had previously communicated his plan to the former, who aided the deceit by quitting his house, under the pretence of a journey and concealed himself, with his daughter, in an obscure part of Paris.
    Chapter 14 (48% in)
obscure = not known to many people; or undistinguished
  • I packed up my chemical instruments and the materials I had collected, resolving to finish my labours in some obscure nook in the northern highlands of Scotland.
    Chapter 19 (24% in)

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4  —2 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
Definition dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
  • Clouds hid the moon, everything was obscure, and I heard only the sound of the boat as its keel cut through the waves; the murmur lulled me, and in a short time I slept soundly.
    Chapter 20 (70% in)
obscure = dark
  • It had then filled me with a sublime ecstasy that gave wings to the soul and allowed it to soar from the obscure world to light and joy.
    Chapter 10 (17% in)

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • The picture appeared a vast and dim scene of evil, and I foresaw obscurely that I was destined to become the most wretched of human beings.
    Chapter 7 (39% in)

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