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obscure

(Abstruse), adjective complex, cryptic, deep, difficult, difficult to understand, enigmatic, enigmatical, esoteric, hidden, impalpable, intricate, involved, mysterious, profound, recondite, transcendental, unapparent, unintelligible

obscure

(Faint), adjective blurred, blurry, concealed, dim, hard to see, hidden, impalpable, imperceptible, indefinite, indiscernible, indistinct, invisible, murky, nebulous, pale, shadowy, subtle, unapparent, undistinguished, unplain, vague, veiled, weak

obscure

(Remote), adjective alien, distant, far, isolated, private, rare, removed, secluded, strange, unconnected, unknown, unrenowned
Associated concepts: obscure meaning

obscure

verb adumbrate, becloud, bedim, befog, benight, blacken, blind, blur, cast a shadow, cloak, cloud, conceal, cover, cover up, curtain, darken, darkle, dim, disguise, dull, dusk, eclipse, encloud, enshroud, fog, haze, hide, keep in the dark, make dim, make indistinct, mask, mislead, obfuscate, occult, overcast, overcloud, screen, shade, shroud, suppress, veil, wrap
Foreign phrases: Semper in obscuris quod minimum est sequimur.In obscure matters the construction which is least obscure should always be applied.
See also: allusive, ambiguous, blind, camouflage, clandestine, cloak, complex, conceal, concealed, confound, cover, de minimus, debatable, disguise, disorganize, disorient, elusive, enigmatic, ensconce, enshroud, envelop, equivocal, esoteric, hidden, hide, impalpable, inapprehensible, incomprehensible, inconspicuous, indefinable, indefinite, indeterminate, inexplicable, inscrutable, minor, mysterious, nebulous, obfuscate, obliterate, obnubilate, opaque, oracular, plant, privy, recondite, secret, shroud, stealthy, ulterior, uncertain, unclear, underlying, unspecified, vague
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Less prolix verbal descriptions might have left room for further speculations on why northern artists seem more punishing of the Thieves than southern; or an examination of the relative frequency of bloody executions actually carried our as spectacles; or wider comment on aspects of some fascinating paintings, probably obscure to most readers, besides the contorted victims.
Not only have the huge stocks of the chains (upwards of 120,000 titles) brought thousands of small-press books before a larger buying public than they ever had before, but the chains' databases contain feedback helpful to the more obscure publishers.
But these mea culpas serve mostly to obscure the issue, distracting attention from the larger, more serious causes of social violence, while making everyone feel better, momentarily, about having "addressed the issue.
In Walker's variation on the Maui plane-crash photo, tangled arabesques of opalescent white, squeaky-clean green, and peppermint pink obscure twisted steel or highlight the face of a survivor still waiting to be extracted from the wreckage.
That dubious honor belongs to the relatively obscure case of Shelley v.
Now an astronomer reports evidence that a doughnut-shaped ring of opaque material obscures the very center of at least one Seyfert galaxy.
Its service - OfferCompanion(SM), software bundled with digital wallet Gator - contains a feature, Companion Popup Banner, which obscures advertising and/or editorial content on Web sites through the use of specially designed pop-up windows and without the consent of Web sites or innocent third party advertisers
On video their ice-cream-colored zigzag patterns take on a pixelated buzz, which obscures any nuance of the wearer's body language until just silhouette and broad gesture remain.
Secondly, the interpretation of "piteous ruth" as praise for Mercilla obscures Spenser's unsettling rhetoric: pleonasm, as Thomas Cain points out (Praise in The Faerie Queene, 1978), is a figure often used to alert suspicion in this poem.
At such distances, the curvature of Earth can obscure whatever buildings and structures originally emitted the light.