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obscure
used in The Count of Monte Cristo

4 meanings, 30 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
  • ...he saw only a gray mass, which was veiled also by a cloud, which at that moment obscured the moon's feeble light.
    Chapters 73-74 (35% in)
obscured = hid
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • One of the two men, whose mysterious meeting in the Colosseum he had so unintentionally witnessed, was an entire stranger to him, but not so the other; and though Franz had been unable to distinguish his features, from his being either wrapped in his mantle or obscured by the shadow, the tones of his voice had made too powerful an impression on him the first time he had heard them for him ever again to forget them, hear them when or where he might.
    Chapters 33-34 (64% in)
  • At this moment the abbe pressed down his side of the shade and so raised it on the other, throwing a bright light on the stranger's face, while his own remained obscured.
    Chapters 69-70 (16% in)

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2  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Definition not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
  • At this instant a bright light shot through the mind of Dantes, and cleared up all that had been dark and obscure before.
    Chapters 17-18 (33% in)
obscure = not clearly seen or understood
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "Sire," said Villefort, "I will render a faithful report to your majesty, but I must entreat your forgiveness if my anxiety leads to some obscurity in my language."
    Chapters 9-10 (87% in)
  • "My lords," answered he, "it is not by time I could repel the attack made on me by enemies unknown to me, and, doubtless, hidden in obscurity; it is immediately, and by a thunderbolt, that I must repel the flash of lightning which, for a moment, startled me."
    Chapters 85-86 (57% 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
  • The family began to get accustomed to their obscurity.
    Chapters 17-18 (85% in)
obscurity = the condition of being undistinguished
  • Then, compelled to quit Rome, he went and got himself obscurely killed in a night skirmish, scarcely noticed in history.
    Chapters 17-18 (84% in)

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4  —7 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
Definition dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
  • Immediately afterwards the light expired, and the room was plunged in frightful obscurity,
    Chapters 101-102 (64% in)
obscurity = darkness
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The obscurity augmented the acuteness of his hearing; at the slightest sound he rose and hastened to the door, convinced they were about to liberate him, but the sound died away, and Dantes sank again into his seat.
    Chapters 7-8 (56% in)
  • The floor of the abbe's cell was paved, and it had been by raising one of the stones in the most obscure corner that Faria had to been able to commence the laborious task of which Dantes had witnessed the completion.
    Chapters 17-18 (1% in)
  • Dantes, cast from solitude into the world, frequently experienced an imperious desire for solitude; and what solitude is more complete, or more poetical, than that of a ship floating in isolation on the sea during the obscurity of the night, in the silence of immensity, and under the eye of heaven?
    Chapters 23-24 (9% in)
  • Edmond inserted his lever in the ring and exerted all his strength; the flag-stone yielded, and disclosed steps that descended until they were lost in the obscurity of a subterraneous grotto.
    Chapters 23-24 (66% in)
  • At the sight of these men the Englishman started and advanced a step; then restrained himself, and retired into the farthest and most obscure corner of the apartment.
    Chapters 29-30 (24% in)
  • By a chance, which added yet more to the intensity of the darkness, the moon, which was on the wane, did not rise until eleven o'clock, and the streets which the young man traversed were plunged in the deepest obscurity.
    Chapters 37-38 (1% in)

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exact meaning not specified
  • I said the origin of his fortune remained obscure.
    Chapters 87-88 (30% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There is a sort of consolation at the contemplation of the yawning abyss, at the bottom of which lie darkness and obscurity.
    Chapters 15-16 (11% in)
  • As Morrel and his son embraced on the pier-head, in the presence and amid the applause of the whole city witnessing this event, a man, with his face half-covered by a black beard, and who, concealed behind the sentry-box, watched the scene with delight, uttered these words in a low tone: "Be happy, noble heart, be blessed for all the good thou hast done and wilt do hereafter, and let my gratitude remain in obscurity like your good deeds."
    Chapters 29-30 (98% in)
  • Fortunately, the mariners were used to these latitudes, and knew every rock in the Tuscan Archipelago; for in the midst of this obscurity Franz was not without uneasiness—Corsica had long since disappeared, and Monte Cristo itself was invisible; but the sailors seemed, like the lynx, to see in the dark, and the pilot who steered did not evince the slightest hesitation.
    Chapters 31-32 (16% in)
  • They then perceived two men conversing in the obscurity.
    Chapters 37-38 (39% in)
  • A gentleman of high birth, possessor of an ample fortune, you have consented to gain your promotion as an obscure soldier, step by step—this is uncommon; then become general, peer of France, commander of the Legion of Honor, you consent to again commence a second apprenticeship, without any other hope or any other desire than that of one day becoming useful to your fellow-creatures; this, indeed, is praiseworthy,—nay, more, it is sublime.
    Chapters 41-42 (35% in)
  • When Albert returned to his mother, he found her in the boudoir reclining in a large velvet arm-chair, the whole room so obscure that only the shining spangle, fastened here and there to the drapery, and the angles of the gilded frames of the pictures, showed with some degree of brightness in the gloom.
    Chapters 41-42 (54% in)
  • The door, as it opened, disclosed a gloomy sky, in which the moon strove vainly to struggle through a sea of clouds that covered her with billows of vapor which she illumined for an instant, only to sink into obscurity.
    Chapters 43-44 (10% in)
  • The faint glimpses of the pale moon, hidden momentarily by masses of dark clouds that were sweeping across the sky, whitened the gravel walks that led to the house, but were unable to pierce the obscurity of the thick shrubberies, in which a man could conceal himself without any fear of discovery.
    Chapters 43-44 (43% in)
  • You must resolve upon one simple and single line of conduct, and for a man of your intelligence, this plan is as easy as it is necessary; you must form honorable friendships, and by that means counteract the prejudice which may attach to the obscurity of your former life.
    Chapters 55-56 (67% in)
  • ...remaining, and they, like two solitary sparks, remained to animate the miserable body which seemed fit for nothing but the grave; it was only, however, by means of one of these senses that he could reveal the thoughts and feelings that still occupied his mind, and the look by which he gave expression to his inner life was like the distant gleam of a candle which a traveller sees by night across some desert place, and knows that a living being dwells beyond the silence and obscurity.
    Chapters 57-58 (60% in)
  • "Yes," said the procureur, "and I think the will promises to be yet more extraordinary, for I cannot see how it is to be drawn up without the intervention of Valentine, and she may, perhaps, be considered as too much interested in its contents to allow of her being a suitable interpreter of the obscure and ill-defined wishes of her grandfather."
    Chapters 59-60 (16% in)
  • The past—that obscurity on the past.
    Chapters 75-76 (86% in)
  • While we wait, time will be progressing, events will succeed each other; things which in the evening look dark and obscure, appear but too clearly in the light of morning, and sometimes the utterance of one word, or the lapse of a single day, will reveal the most cruel calumnies.
    Chapters 77-78 (72% in)
  • Involuntarily his languid eyes closed, and still through his eyelashes a well-known form seemed to move amid the obscurity with which he thought himself enveloped.
    Chapter 117 (65% in)

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