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Definition of "obscure" []

  • Deficient in light; dark. (adjective)
  • So faintly perceptible as to lack clear delineation; indistinct. See Synonyms at dark. (adjective)
  • Indistinctly heard; faint. (adjective)
  • Linguistics Having the reduced, neutral sound represented by schwa (ə). (adjective)
  • Far from centers of human population: an obscure village. (adjective)
  • Unclear or abstruse (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Indistinct, vague, or indefinite (adjective)
  • Inconspicuous or unimportant (adjective)
  • Hidden, secret, or remote (adjective)
  • (of a vowel) reduced to or transformed into a neutral vowel (ə) (adjective)
  • Gloomy, dark, clouded, or dim (adjective)
  • To make unclear, vague, or hidden (verb)
  • To cover or cloud over (verb)
  • To pronounce (a vowel) with articulation that causes it to become a neutral sound represented by (ə) (verb)

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Use "obscure" in a sentence
  • "Now, in that which you call the obscure indefinite sense of the word MATTER, it is plain, by your own confession, there was included no idea at all, no sense except an unknown sense; which is the same thing as none."
  • "Now, in that which you call the obscure indefinite sense of the word Matter, it is plain, by your own confession, there was included no idea at all, no sense except an unknown sense; which is the same thing as none."
  • "In fact, it should come to pass that the word "obscure" should be removed from the pop music lexicon-it's always been an impossible task to keep up with every musician creating new, vital music, but today that ideal seems like a hopeless throwback to a time when much of society i.e."