Obfuscate is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of obfuscate, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - make obscure or unclear
EXAMPLES - Obfuscate in a Sentence
- Goldman helped Greece obfuscate its true financial picture. (source)
- When bio speculations and cultural mediations obfuscate, I go to the work. (source)
- The word "obfuscate" is a word only the very rich would use and will be taxed. (source)
- To have a hope of making their case, these writers couldn't afford to obfuscate. (source)
- All of which serves as a reminder that, in politics, data can both illuminate and obfuscate. (source)
- It revealed his primary weakness in speaking of health care, which is a tendency to dodge, obfuscate and mislead. (source)
- Legitimizing the illegitimate because of demand does not trump common sense nor should it obfuscate the Constitution. (source)
- "I think he was doing what a good criminal defense attorney will do and that is delay, delay and obfuscate," she said. (source)
- They start to obfuscate their birthdays, as each one brings with it another wrinkle and erodes their youth and confidence. (source)
- The construction of a mission statement or a strategic plan is in some ways an open invitation to dissemble, pander and obfuscate. (source)
- Associated Press President Barack Obama Often it isn't clear; diplomacy is a game in which words are used to obfuscate, not inform. (source)
- Drawing/diagrams (mostly) in the form of trees, which both elucidate and obfuscate the roots of contemporary phenomena and terminology. (source)
- And remember, poetry and the arts serve to enlighten and uplift the people, not obfuscate matters by getting into needless complexities. (source)
- He either thinks they mean the same thing or is merely trying to obfuscate their meaning, and that is proving just as harmful for the nation. (source)
- The Obama proposal is up front and forthright but you obfuscate by quoting "statistics" from the biased Tax Foundation and the Tax Policy Center. (source)
- The media is used to politicians who obfuscate, who nuance their answers, or like Bill Clinton back in the days, when he wouldn't get a straight answer. (source)
- The Food and Drug Administration has so far refused to give us much guidance, despite the increasing trend by marketers to obfuscate and confuse consumers. (source)
- There's no need to romanticize or obfuscate what's been wrong to find what's invaluable to a republic and, arguably, to democracy's fragile global prospects. (source)
- Now I do believe there may be at least one paid lobbyist on the Board that has an agenda to keep throwing up dust to obfuscate the truth about climate change. (source)
- However, let's distract and obfuscate from the glaring flaws of the current administration and revel in the hate for an administration that is no longer in office. (source)
- I think Google may be extracting textual dates from the body of the page, in which case, I need to obfuscate them, so all they have is metadata and headers where I'm testing those. (source)
- And, indeed, trying to obfuscate who the victim is, dicing the body up into pieces to try to hide it in a dumpster in a-- in a suitcase is just a means of trying to get away with murder. (source)
- I suppose I exaggerate, even obfuscate, and one could certainly argue that the twenty-ninth of Febuary, when it does come, is merely our way of cashing in on the one-fourth days we've accumulated. (source)
- I've just highlighted this post on Twitter and in my resource about How to write an Artist's Statement with the suggestion that it's absolutely essential reading anytime an artist feels tempted to "obfuscate"! (source)
- Misinformed criticisms of the legislation that simply serve to politicize, obfuscate or delay enactment will only perpetuate the favorable market funding these firms receive from their implicit government backing. (source)
- The last-ditch defenders of Social Security and Medicare, who don't want to reduce those entitlements, will bluster ( "destroying the social safety net") and obfuscate ( "the trust fund will last another X years"). (source)
- So, the oligarch puppeteers just have to come up with something, anything, in order to obfuscate, change the subject, and hope that not too many people begin to truly understand the contradictions of a "free" and unequal America. (source)
- There are so many efforts to obfuscate watchdog groups that have become advocacy groups, business groups that have become nothing more than an adjunct for the Mexican government in point of fact that the governments of Central American primarily. (source)
- Goldman executives including the firm's CEO Lloyd Blankfein were lawyered-up enough to successfully obfuscate through much of the questioning, though by the end of the 10-hour ordeal, they had to acknowledge something that will likely cause Goldman and the rest of (source)
- Add to this political quagmire the largest pool of assets and asset managers ever to be deployed on the side of short-selling and what you get is at least a serious case of denial, or at most a willingness to ignore or obfuscate anything that might be positive about the economy. (source)
- The trade groups, including the U. S.-based Renewable Fuels Association, said that ethanol is helping to keep gasoline prices lower at the pump and that "efforts to obfuscate and mislead the public about biofuels will do nothing to alleviate the energy crisis gripping the globe." (source)
- "There's no question these rosy crime statistics nationally obfuscate the degree to which many neighborhoods in major cities are experiencing an increase in violent crime," said Jack Levin, professor at the Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence at Northeastern University in Boston. (source)
- Of course, there is sometimes a connection between the what happens at home and what is happening abroad especially with the amount of US tax payer dollars which is spent on foreign adventures or the size of US debt held by China, but most political leaders try to obfuscate the connections. (source)
- There's no question that this is a job performed by somebody there, who has been pointed out knew darn well where everything was and tried to hide things just so that a couple or few days could obfuscate all of the findings and give that individual more time to think about his particular alibi. (source)
- Rittenhouse, who wrote Do Business With People You Can Trust after the last major financial debacle, spends much of her time analyzing chief executive officers 'shareholder letters for the biggest companies -- to judge their clarity, and see whether they're using language to obfuscate or to inform. (source)
- MCCARTHY: Yeah, well he's denying the relationship, but I think more importantly what he's trying to obfuscate is that there's a trajectory to all of this and there's a theme that runs through it and whether its some of the statements made by his wife or Reverend Wright or Bernadine Dohrn and Ayers, the fact is he's comfortable ... (source)
- Some of this complexity has stemmed from new features that benefit consumers, but complexity has also stemmed from financial institutions 'incentive to obfuscate products' cost so as to make high-margin products more competitive with low-margin products and to avoid the commoditization that should exist in an industry selling the ultimate fungible product: credit. (source)
- Of course, when you're going up against some of the toughest lobbying groups in Washington -- the insurance industry and their minions -- and the Republican noise machine which, if it has accomplished little else, has certainly learned how to obfuscate, exaggerate, mislead, and, to quote the former governor of Alaska, make stuff up, it's kind of hard to make a case based on facts and logic. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 41.0, which suggests that "obfuscate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 16 synonyms for obfuscate.
baffle, becloud, befuddle, bewilder, cloud, complicate, conceal, confound, darken, fog, fuddle, muddle, obscure, perplex, puzzle, rattle
We have 7 antonyms for obfuscate.
clarify, clear up, enlighten, explain, explicate, illuminate, reveal
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ŏbˈfə-skātˌ, ŏb-fŭsˈkātˌ)
View up to 25 definitions of obfuscate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: "A great effort was made . . . to obscure or obfuscate the truth” ( Robert Conquest).
- (verb-transitive) To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To make dark; overshadow
- (verb) To deliberately make more confusing in order to conceal the truth.
- (verb) To alter code while preserving its behavior but conceal its structure and intent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Obfuscated; darkened; obscured.
- (verb-transitive) To darken; to obscure; to becloud.
- (verb-transitive) To confuse; to bewilder; to make unclear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To darken; obscure; becloud; confuse; bewilder; muddle.
- (None) Darkened; clouded; obscured; muddled.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) make obscure or unclear