1. [ adjective ] not clearly understood or expressed
Synonyms: vague indeterminate

"an indeterminate turn of phrase" "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin

Related terms: unclear
2. [ verb ] make less visible or unclear
Synonyms: befog cloud fog haze_over mist obnubilate becloud

"The stars are obscured by the clouds"

Related terms: hide overshadow daze
3. [ verb ] make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
Synonyms: blur obnubilate confuse

"Her remarks confused the debate" "Their words obnubilate their intentions"

Related terms: clarify change muddy mistake confuse
4. [ verb ] make obscure or unclear
Synonyms: overcloud bedim

"The distinction was obscured"

Related terms: clarify change shadow eclipse mystify
5. [ adjective ] marked by difficulty of style or expression
Synonyms: dark

"much that was dark is now quite clear to me" "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"

Related terms: incomprehensible
6. [ adjective ] not drawing attention
Synonyms: unnoticeable

"an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet" "an obscure flaw"

Related terms: inconspicuous
7. [ adjective ] not famous or acclaimed
Synonyms: unsung unknown

"an obscure family" "unsung heroes of the war"

Related terms: inglorious
8. [ adjective ] remote and separate physically or socially
Synonyms: apart isolated

"existed over the centuries as a world apart" "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization" "an obscure village"

Related terms: unconnected
9. [ verb ] make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
Synonyms: blot_out obliterate veil hide

"a hidden message" "a veiled threat"

Related terms: change concealment
10. [ adjective ] difficult to find
Synonyms: hidden

"hidden valleys" "a hidden cave" "an obscure retreat"

Related terms: concealed
11. [ verb ] make difficult to perceive by sight
Synonyms: bedim benight

"The foliage of the huge tree obscures the view of the lake"

Related terms: darken
Similar spelling:   obscurely