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obscure
used in The Great Gatsby

2 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Definition
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
  • Blinking away the brightness of the street outside, my eyes picked him out obscurely in the anteroom, talking to another man.
    p. 69.4
obscurely = in a manner that was not clear
There are no more uses of "obscure" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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2  —3 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Definition
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
  • He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
    p. 180.8
obscurity = less commonly known
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.
    p. 23.6
  • It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night — and, as obscurely as it had begun, his career as Trimalchio was over.
    p. 113.2

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