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obscure
used in David Copperfield

4 meanings, 9 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
  • The light in the passage was obscured for a moment, and my aunt came out.
    Chapters 46-48 (62% in)
obscured = blocked (so it was less visible)
  • I stopped short, among the thick foliage outside, for the moon was up now, though obscured; and I recognized the man whom I had once supposed to be a delusion of Mr. Dick's, and had once encountered with my aunt in the streets of the city.
    Chapters 46-48 (62% in)

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2  —2 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Definition not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
  • Some future traveller, visiting, from motives of curiosity, not unmingled, let us hope, with sympathy, the place of confinement allotted to debtors in this city, may, and I trust will, Ponder, as he traces on its wall, inscribed with a rusty nail, "The obscure initials, 'W. M.'"
    Chapters 52-54 (**% in)
obscure = mysterious (not understanding what the initials stand for)
  • Afterwards, when we were fairly at our work, I found Mr. Jack Maldon's efforts more troublesome to me than I had expected, as he had not confined himself to making numerous mistakes, but had sketched so many soldiers, and ladies' heads, over the Doctor's manuscript, that I often became involved in labyrinths of obscurity.
    Chapters 34-36 (72% in)

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3  —3 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Definition not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
  • 'Hide yourself,' she pursued, 'if not at home, somewhere.  Let it be somewhere beyond reach; in some obscure life...'
    Chapters 49-51 (52% in)
obscure = not known to many people and not attracting notice
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • As I walked to and fro daily between Southwark and Blackfriars, and lounged about at meal-times in obscure streets, the stones of which may, for anything I know, be worn at this moment by my childish feet, I wonder how many of these people were wanting in the crowd that used to come filing before me in review again, to the echo of Captain Hopkins's voice!
    Chapters 10-12 (79% in)
  • 'Hide yourself,' she pursued, 'if not at home, somewhere.  Let it be somewhere beyond reach; in some obscure life - or, better still, in some obscure death.'
    Chapters 49-51 (52% in)

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4  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
Definition dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
  • He was a sober, steady-looking young man of retiring manners, with a comic head of hair, and eyes that were rather wide open; and he got into an obscure corner so soon, that I had some difficulty in making him out.
    Chapters 25-27 (17% in)
obscure = dark
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • I meekly ordered a bit of fish and a steak, and stood before the fire musing on his obscurity.
    Chapters 58-60 (26% in)

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