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obfuscate (ˈɒbfʌsˌkeɪt Pronunciation for obfuscate


verb (transitive)

  1. to obscure or darken
  2. to perplex or bewilder

Derived Forms

ˌobfusˈcatory adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre to blacken, from fuscus dark


View thesaurus entry
= obscure, confuse, cloud, blur, cover, screen, hide, disguise, conceal, veil, darken, muddy the waters of, befog, throw a veil over

Example Sentences Including 'obfuscate'

"Yet this administration has taken every step to obfuscate , avoid and cover up Saudi Arabia's actions," he added.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
HOBSBAWM has rarely missed an opportunity even after communism's demise to obfuscate its record.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Ministry officials have been known to obfuscate their answers on less sensitive issues.
India Today (1998)
Right to the end we decorate, complicate and obfuscate animal functions.
Irma Kurtz THEN AGAIN: Travels in search of my younger self (2003)
Such a tactic implies that Iraqi officials were instructed to obfuscate on the issue and impede UN inspections.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)
The Government had set up the special committee to " obfuscate the real issues of control and ownership of marine resources".
New Zealand Herald (2003)
`Are you intending to suggest that the Lord would deliberately obfuscate a police investigation, Mr McGuire?
Bringle, Mary Death of an Unknown Man


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