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obscure
used in Gone with the Wind

3 meanings, 10 uses
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1  —6 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Definition to block from view or make less visible or understandable
  • Whisky was showing in his face and the hard line of his long jaw was being obscured under an unhealthy bloat and puffs rising under his bloodshot eyes.
    5.60 (37% in)
obscured = made less visible
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The hours dragged by and the black shadow of calamity brooded over the town, obscuring the hot sun until people looked up startled into the sky as if incredulous that it was clear and blue instead of murky and heavy with scudding clouds.
    2.14 (31% in)
  • She tried to think of all the things Mammy and Ellen had done for her when Wade was born but the merciful blurring of the childbirth pains obscured almost everything in mist.
    3.21 (98% in)
  • The rain obscured her vision as the buggy came abreast, but she saw the driver peer over the tarpaulin that stretched from the dashboard to his chin.
    4.35 (6% in)
  • As the result, the puffiness which had begun to obscure the hard lines of his cheeks slowly disappeared and the circles beneath his black eyes were not so dark or so harshly cut.
    5.52 (98% in)
  • Twilight had fallen when the train pulled into Atlanta and a light misting rain obscured the town.
    5.61 (4% in)

There are no more uses of "obscure" flagged with this meaning in Gone with the Wind.

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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Definition not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
  • Unashamed of how he came by his fortune, he pretended that they, too, were unashamed of their beginnings and he seldom missed an opportunity to remark upon matters which, by common consent, everyone felt were better left in polite obscurity.
    5.49 (97% in)
obscurity = hiding (the state of being hidden—not seen or discussed)
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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
  • The war had definitely established the importance of Atlanta in the affairs of the South and the hitherto obscure town was now known far and wide.
    4.37 (85% in)
obscure = not known by many people; or undistinguished
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • At the onset of the war, he had emerged from obscurity with enough money to buy a small swift boat and now, when blockaded goods realized two thousand per cent on each cargo, he owned four boats.
    2.12 (49% in)
  • To them, fresh from obscure beginnings, she WAS society.
    5.49 (92% in)

There are no more uses of "obscure" flagged with this meaning in Gone with the Wind.

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