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He was not candid. Instead he tried to obfuscate and even deceive.
  make obscure or unclear
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obfuscation obfuscated obfuscate obfuscating obfuscator obfuscates obfuscatory
Strongly Associated with:   elucidate
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  • He was not candid. Instead he tried to obfuscate and even deceive.
  • Didn’t the insurance companies realize that the cost of their obfuscation, denial, all the frustration they caused, only made her father’s health worse, and threatened that of her mother?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She is—or was, I should say—apprenticed to the minister of obfuscation and deferment, and was here performing her duties on the day the corrupted raided the building.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • At first only a few random words were clear enough to be understood: "Market … too free to be …. obfuscate …."
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society

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  • Since it was inconceivable to me that Halloween was not as much a part of their vocabulary as it was of mine, I felt that I had obfuscated the high festival of witchcraft with a combination of too much talk and too much bull.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Unlike Hobie— who assumed, incorrectly, that anyone who walked into his store was as fascinated by furniture as he was, who was extremely matter-of-fact in pointing out the flaws and virtues of a piece—I had discovered I possessed the opposite knack: of obfuscation and mystery, the ability to talk about inferior articles in ways that made people want them.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The Criminal Element advised "stalling, delaying, and obfuscation of every possible sort" when it came to dealing with a criminal.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • It’s in the nature of the genre that since the act itself is buried under layers of misdirection and obfuscation, it cannot support layers of meaning or signification.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The stressing of this historical element will lead to confusion; it will simply obfuscate the picture message.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • They’ll work it out with embassy obfuscation and read it to us before issuing it.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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  • Carried away by the daily valor of the Marines, working at a safe but obfuscating distance, and swept up in its own fantasy of a swashbuckling fight for a mountain, reporters invented the heroic fight up the slopes, and the flagraising among whizzing bullets, out of whole cloth.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He had one of those refined discriminating intellects whose powers of logic were more than equal to my powers of obfuscation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "M. Silenus has committed the ultimate act of non-communication," wrote Urban Kapry in the TC’v Review, "by indulging himself in an orgy of pretentious obfuscation."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • As for uncle Pullet, he could hardly have been more thoroughly obfuscated if Mr. Tulliver had said that he was going to send Tom to the Lord Chancellor; for uncle Pullet belonged to that extinct class of British yeoman who, dressed in good broadcloth, paid high rates and taxes, went to church, and ate a particularly good dinner on Sunday, without dreaming that the British constitution in Church and State had a traceable origin any more than the solar system and the fixed stars.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …that, and you would have thought he would have been satisfied: yet before his foot was out of the stirrup he not only set out to try to restore his plantation to what it used to be, like maybe he was hoping to fool the Creditor by illusion and obfuscation by concealing behind the illusion that time and change had not elapsed and occurred the fact that he was now almost sixty years old until he could get himself a new batch of children to bulwark him, but chose for this purpose the last…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • In economics we call it obfuscation with a cloud of smoke and a couple of mirrors.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • It was dishonest to act like Margo hadn’t participated in her own obfuscation.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • If Drayton were with us again to write a new edition of his incomparable poem, he would sing the nymphs of Hertfordshire as indeterminate of feature, with hair obfuscated by the London smoke.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • You suppose we’re reading too much into this talent for obfuscation?"
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • "What does ’obfuscate’ mean?" asked Constance.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • No obfuscation was necessary.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The result has been, on the one hand, a general obfuscation of the symbols, and on the other, a god-ridden bigotry such as is unmatched elsewhere in the history of religion.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Obfuscate!
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Moments ago, she’d purposely obfuscated.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They did not hide or hoard or obfuscate.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "Normally I would want to talk about why you’d chosen to obfuscate in the first place," he said, "but your honesty was real, and I know you’ve already learned any lesson I could give you.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • ) Above them, directional signs pointed the way to certain offices: 4— UNDERSECRETARY OF TEMPORAL AFFAIRS 4— CONSERVATOR OF GRAPHICAL RL CORDS NONSPECIFIC MATTERS OF URGENCY —I DEPT. OF OBFUSCATION AND DEFERMENT —I Through the door to the Temporal Affairs office, I saw a man trapped in the ice.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Issuing too many warnings will obfuscate those warnings that are truly important.
  • You’re supposed to tell the truth and be open and transparent and candid about your prospects — not obfuscate.
    Nell Minow
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Associated words [difficulty]:   obfuscate [7] , elucidate [6]
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