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1  —as in:
it obscured my view
Definition to block from view or make less visible or understandable
  • The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Our view was obscured by the smoke.
  • obscured = partially blocked (made less visible)
  • There are two kinds of light—the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
    James Thurber
  • Clouds were obscuring the moon completely.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • obscuring = hiding (making less visible)
  • And no matter where you run into it, prejudice obscures the truth.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • obscures = makes it hard to see; or overshadows
  • I had been calm during the day, but so soon as night obscured the shapes of objects, a thousand fears arose in my mind.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • obscured = made less visible
  • We raised our eyes and saw them there, half obscured by the smoke, half hidden by the dark:
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • obscured = hidden (made less visible)
  • Every time he tried to listen to the heart, the child shrieked, obscuring all heart sounds.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • obscuring = making it hard to detect
  • Something flittered there in front of his mind like a bat's wing, obscuring his idea.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • obscuring = making less visible or understandable
  • The sky had grown light enough to obscure the stars and planets.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
obscure = hide; or make less visible

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2  —as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Definition not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
  • For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She left instructions for us, but they are so obscure we can't agree on what they are.
  • obscure = not clearly expressed or understood
  • She sat obscurely in the far corner of the room.
  • obscurely = inconspicuously (not drawing attention to herself)
  • There is some obscure meaning in this but I fail to catch it.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • obscure = difficult to understand
  • As it spoke, I discerned, obscurely, a child's face looking through the window.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • obscurely = in a manner that is not clearly seen
  • I still had a hard time finding the obscure turnoff to his house in the dark.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • obscure = not clearly seen
  • Instead of clarifying matters, that only made them more obscure, at least to Newt.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • obscure = difficult to understand
  • His photographs were available for study and dissection, but his personal life remained obscure.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • obscure = mysterious (not known)
  • Could your note have been any more obscure?
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • obscure = not clearly expressed
  • 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.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
obscurely = in a manner that is not clearly seen

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3  —as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Definition not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
  • The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • An Internet search proved she had plagiarized from an obscure poem written in 1920.
  • obscure = not known to many people
  • She was just another obscure student until she created the YouTube video that went viral.
  • obscure = not important or not noticeably different than others
  • Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • obscure = undistinguished
  • His voice quivering, he would read her a poem he had written, pretending it was the work of an obscure poet:
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • obscure = little known (not known to many people)
  • ...some of whom, like Socrates and Aristotle and Newton and Einstein, were known to almost everyone, but most of whom were far more obscure.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • obscure = not known to many people
  • ...would lift him from the ranks of obscure officers and offer him the first step to fame!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • obscure = undistinguished
  • odd little bits of trivia about obscure inventors and scientists, people he said society had not properly received.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • obscure = not known to many people
  • 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.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • obscure = not known by many people; or undistinguished
  • He had always paid attention to details, especially when he'd begun his practice. Little things, obscure things, and it had become a habit now.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
obscure = seemingly unimportant

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4  —as in:
was obscure, but now bright
Definition dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
  • The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The jungle became obscure as the sun set.
  • obscure = dark or dingy
  • As it drove off she leaned forward, and he thought she waved her hand in the obscurity.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • obscurity = darkness
  • The Daily Blare was a paper that made the most of any opportunity for sensationalism. Robberies and murders did not lurk obscurely in its back pages. Instead they hit you in the eye in large type on the front page.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • obscurely = not known to many people
  • In another moment she would step forth into the night, and his eyes, accustomed to the obscurity, would discern her as clearly as though she stood in daylight.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • obscurity = darkness
  • In another moment the pale stars alone were visible. All else was rayless obscurity. The sky was absolutely black.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • obscurity = darkness
  • The savage peered into the obscurity beneath the thicket.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • obscurity = something dark and very difficult to identify or comprehend
  • There was a great fire, and that was all the light in the huge apartment, whose floor had grown a uniform grey; and the once brilliant pewter-dishes, which used to attract my gaze when I was a girl, partook of a similar obscurity, created by tarnish and dust.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • obscurity = the quality of being dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
  • 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.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • obscure = dark
  • Immediately afterwards the light expired, and the room was plunged in frightful obscurity,
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
obscurity = darkness

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