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Pronounce Obscure as OW B S K UW R EH.

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Phonetic transcription for obscure

  • Traditional IPA Phonetic transcription of obscure: | oʊbskurɛ |
  • Modern IPA Phonetic transcription of obscure: | ɒbscʊrɛ |

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Meanings for obscure

relatively unknown

obscure, vague(adj)

not clearly understood or expressed

"an obscure 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; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke

dark, obscure(adj)

marked by difficulty of style or expression

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

hidden, obscure(adj)

difficult to find

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

obscure, unknown, unsung(adj)

not famous or acclaimed

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

obscure, unnoticeable(adj)

not drawing attention

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

apart(p), isolated, obscure(verb)

remote and separate physically or socially

"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"

obscure, befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist(verb)

make less visible or unclear

"The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"

confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate(verb)

make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

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

obscure, bedim, overcloud(verb)

make obscure or unclear

"The distinction was obscured"


reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa

obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide(verb)

make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

"a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"

having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning

a fantasy writer who likes to put lots of obscure references and images in her tales of wizards and warlocks

not widely known

he's an obscure artist now, but he's sure to be famous someday

being without light or without much light

hid in an obscure spot among the trees

not seen or understood clearly

a distinction so obscure that only the experts can really see it

to keep secret or shut off from view

the investigative reporters obscured their real motives for visiting the company by pretending the story was about something else

to make dark, dim, or indistinct

when it isn't obscured by smog, the view of the city from the observatory can be spectacular

Example Sentences of obscure

The meaning is still obscure to me.

Synonyms for obscure

unnoticeable dark hidden faint shadowy unknown apart(p) vague dim isolated undefined wispy unsung sullen glum dismal moody coloured disconsolate dark skinned black gloomy benighted non white blue glowering sour sinister grim dour saturnine sorry drab dingy dreary drear morose out of sight concealed secret unnamed unvalued strange unidentified unappreciated nameless unobtrusive veil mist dapple confuse blot out corrupt overcloud defile becloud fog blur haze over befog mottle obnubilate mist over obliterate overcast taint bedim hide sully cloud fuddle film over slur confound befuddle fox jumble smutch mix up glaze over flurry throw smear put off smudge disconcert discombobulate blear bedevil benight cloud over cloud up shroud wipe out enshroud kill conceal cover hide out efface mysterious enigmatic esoteric abstruse ambiguous cloudy complex complicated darksome deep dense difficult doubtful dusky enigmatical incomprehensible indistinct intricate involved muddy profound turbid unintelligible lowering uncertain unascertained humble mean darken rayless unilluminated unenlightened sombre sombrous lurid murky indefinite mystic mystical recondite cabalistic transcendental high undistinguished unnoted unnoticed renownless unhonored inglorious eclipse shade obfuscate cast in the shade unclear overshadow opaque arcane mask non transparent disguise shady cryptic Delphic double edged elliptical elliptic equivocal fuliginous inscrutable nebulous occult no name noteless uncelebrated unfamous unrecognized caliginous darkened darkish darkling dimmed dusk lightless obscured pitch black pitch dark pitchy somber stygian tenebrific tenebrous unlit bleary blurry foggy fuzzy gauzy hazy indistinguishable misty pale undetermined belie blanket cloak curtain paper over screen suppress blacken dislimn fuzz (up) haze shadow

Obscure in different languages

  • مظلم, غامArabic
  • nezřetelný temný Czech
  • vernebeln düster verdunkeln verdecken undeutlich obskur verschleiern unbedeutend German
  • obscuro esconder ocultar Spanish
  • hämärä piiloutunut vaikeaselkoinen huomaamaton hämärtää piilottaa Finnish
  • obscurcir obscur sibyllin French
  • tompa kétes hírű Hungarian
  • nascosto oscuro vago poco chiaro indistinto confuso oscurato Italian
  • 不明瞭, 朦朧Japanese
  • 애매한Korean
  • caecō Latin
  • whakarehurehu, rehurehuMaori
  • замаглен мрачен нејасен Macedonian
  • verborgen duister Dutch
  • obskur Norwegian
  • mało znany ukryć ciemny przesłonić ukryty niewyraźny zaciemnić schować Polish
  • obscuro Portuguese
  • obscura obscur întuneca ascuns ascunde întunecos oculta retras Romanian
  • скрывать смутный затемнять неясный непонятный скрытый прятать тёмный безвестный Russian
  • mörk Swedish
  • தெளிவற்ற Tamil
  • che khuất Vietnamese
  • 朦胧 Chinese

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