Obscure is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of obscure, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - make obscure or unclear
EXAMPLES - Obscure in a Sentence
- But when I recalled my obscure parentage, of which (source)
- How obscure is it if a thousand people vote for it? (source)
- He calls obscure fishermen to be the ambassadors of His grace. (source)
- And this nebulous sky, almost obscure, which is familiar to the (source)
- You know, one is practically obscure, which is the courthouse record. (source)
- I for one am really interested in obscure sub-species of popular gamefish. (source)
- I use big words sometimes and what some might call obscure literary references. (source)
- Stealing a radiator cap and planting radiating material in a victim: how obscure is that? (source)
- Kevin: Your thirst for knowledge of the obscure is a common bond that makes conversation always interesting. (source)
- Oddly we must return to that book our President described as obscure to discover the key to the whole matter. (source)
- If memory serves, he could recall obscure circulation figures on certain newspapers and magazines from memory. (source)
- Half those movies I listed I wouldn't call "obscure" - most were played heavily on TV back in late-70s / early-80s. (source)
- No guru talent required, no need to recall obscure settings, no messing with passwords, no risk of screwing things up. (source)
- And having to deal with those old rifles in obscure .35 calibers and shotguns with fixed chokes - just too much trouble. (source)
- Of all that she had said only the word obscure remained in his mind; and it roused in him an echo of his old, dogmatic pride. (source)
- Brassfield seemed to have been a well-known man; for porters and clerks in New York do not call the obscure countryman by name. (source)
- That summer, the Ann Arbor Observor came out with a cover issue story about Ph. D's laboring in obscure jobs across the country. (source)
- Telemachus plays rep hockey, which means we spend a lot of time hunting down arenas in obscure communities in our area of Ontario. (source)
- If you Google/News on the Ron Paul matter you will quickly find yourself in obscure blogs, and a few letters to provincial newspapers. (source)
- "You tell me I have lain here a week?" he asked finally, recalling obscure memories of faintly-seen faces and voices heard as from afar. (source)
- Yet aside from a couple of small models hidden away in obscure corners, you won't find the current human space flight programs represented. (source)
- The message Hillary is sending to kids ... if you're losing, cry about it and have the rules changed in obscure ways that helps you catch up. (source)
- While it couldn't exactly be called obscure, Damned Damned Damned deserves to be regarded as a true classic, must-have record alongside the others. (source)
- In default of the future, it is the past, up to now almost as obscure, that is beginning to reveal itself, and some of it is no matter for rejoicing. (source)
- About: Kelly J. Cooper is a long-time writer with a strange and trivia-stuffed brain that can recall obscure forensic facts and then forget words like (source)
- Determination to dig out the obscure is evident in listing stories from California Highway Patrolmen, Our Dumb Animals, and Hungarian Studies in English. (source)
- Created for a Japanese chain of coffee houses, Hashimoto cherry picks a blend of the mellow and obscure from the back catalogs of a variety of major labels. (source)
- ThinkPad workstations maintain that innovation as well as some features that could be called obscure, such as the one with the W700ds that I'm reviewing here. (source)
- The issues involved here may seem relatively obscure, which is why Ms. Dixon's op-ed is in the Financial Times and not the New York Times or the New York Post. (source)
- What we call obscure condition or vulgar society is that condition and society whose poetry is not yet written, but which you shall presently make as enviable and renowned as any. (source)
- Note, however, that the "Pro" in the title really means "professional", "in-depth", at times even "obscure" -- so please, do not pick up this book if you're just starting out with Django. (source)
- We recollect no instance in which Horace is prolix; none in which he can be called obscure; though there are many passages that require weighing, and many abrupt transitions that somewhat task thought. (source)
- Our choice is apparently most free, and we are least obviously driven to determine our course, in those cases where the future is most obscure, that is, when the balance of advantage appears most doubtful. (source)
- 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. (source)
- The critics of beauty as an innate idea, as a form of Being or, more generally, as a metaphysical or ontological idea, often consider the useful to be the foundation of beauty; empirical and pragmatic reasons are to replace the so-called obscure and vague notions. (source)
- "I've gone through many, many musicians to find a group who really interprets the stuff the correct way - it's almost like trying to find someone who's speaking a certain language," said Mr. Giordano, who takes requests and spontaneously calls obscure tunes, midset. (source)
- He was at that time, however, induced, for motives which his biographers call obscure, but which to us seem obvious enough, on the well-known principle of the popularity of the rising sun, to change his party; and he was hailed by the Tories as a valuable accession to their ranks. (source)
- 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. (source)
- The regular and consequential distribution is among common authors frequently neglected; but the failures of those, whose example can have no influence, may be safely overlooked, nor is it of much use to recall obscure and unguarded names to memory for the sake of sporting with their infamy. (source)
- Her transcript of the Red Book of Hergest was not perfect, she found the meaning of many a Welsh phrase obscure, but her rendering is generally very accurate; and the Celtic tales retain in their new dress much of the charm, which so often evades the translator, of a perfect style formed by generations of narrating. (source)
- There are of course pleasing nods to continuity: Ian and Barbara are glimpsed on a date at the cinema, there is a hint that Susan's own people may be sending a man with a beard after her and her grandfather, and more subtly her friends at school are John and Gillian (probably most Telos readers are sufficiently up in obscure Who lore to get that particular in-joke). (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "obscure" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 44 synonyms for obscure.
abstruse, ambiguous, arcane, clear as mud, complicated, concealed, confusing, cryptic, dark, deep, dim, doubtful, enigmatic, enigmatical, esoteric, far-out, hazy, hidden, illegible, illogical, impenetrable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, indecisive, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, inexplicable, inscrutable, insoluble, intricate, involved, mysterious, occult, opaque, recondite, unaccountable, unbelievable, unclear, undefined, unfathomable, unintelligible, vague
We have 21 antonyms for obscure.
apparent, bare, bright, clear, common, definite, distinguished, explicit, exposed, famous, known, obvious, open, perceptible, plain, public, straightforward, uncovered, understood, unmysterious, visible
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ŏb-skyo͝orˈ, əb-)
View up to 25 definitions of obscure from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Dark, faint or indistinct.
- (adjective) Hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous.
- (adjective) Difficult to understand.
- (verb) To darken, make faint etc.
- (verb) To hide, put out of sight etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim.
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed.
- (adjective) Not noticeable; humble; mean.
- (adjective) Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or incomprehensible.
- (adjective) Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Dark; deprived of light; hence, murky; gloomy; dismal.
- (None) Living in darkness; pertaining to darkness or night.
- (None) Not capable of being clearly seen, on account of deficient illumination.
- (None) Hence In logic, not clear, as an idea; not sharply distinguished from others.
- (None) Not perspicuous, as a writing or speech; not readily understood, on account of faultiness of expression.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) make obscure or unclear
- (adjective) remote and separate physically or socially
- (verb) make less visible or unclear
- (adjective) not drawing attention
- (verb) make unclear, indistinct, or blurred