Synonyms of 'obscure'
not well-knownThe hymn was written by an obscure Greek composer.
He was an unknown writer.
a minor poet and wannabe actor
He came from a fairly humble, poor background.
unfamiliar, , , ,
She grew many plants that were unfamiliar to me.
It was an unimportant job, and paid very little.
an unheard-of comic waiting for his big break to come along
nameless, , ,
They had their cases rejected by nameless officials.
not easily understoodThe contract is written in obscure language.
Meetings keep reverting to discussions about abstruse resolutions.
The operation can be quite involved, requiring special procedures.
in-depth coverage of today's complex issues
The statement they issued was highly confusing.
His letter poses a number of puzzling questions.
He is a subtle character, you know.
deep, , , ,
a deep, dark secret
mystic union with God
intricate patterns and motifs
His remarks clarify an ambiguous statement given earlier this week.
She starred in one of Welles's most enigmatic films.
She has published several books on pathworking and other esoteric subjects.
The procedure is perplexing at the best of times.
the opaque language of the official report
incomprehensible mathematics puzzles
I wondered just what he meant by that cryptic remark.
Her poems are recondite in subject matter.
clear as mud (informal)
unclear or indistinctThe word is of obscure origin.
It is unclear how much popular support they have.
Uncover hidden meanings and discover special messages.
Students all over the country are facing an uncertain future.
He died in mysterious circumstances.
It seemed doubtful that he would move at all.
a person of indefinite age
I hope to carry on for an indeterminate period.
unclear or indistinctThe hills were just an obscure shape in the mist.
The lettering is fuzzy and indistinct.
He could just make out a vague shape in the distance.
blurred black and white photographs
It was a dark and stormy night.
He became aware of the soft, faint sounds of water dripping.
His torch picked out the dim figures.
Inside it's gloomy after all that sunshine.
Their plane crashed in murky weather.
a couple of fuzzy pictures
I watched him from a shadowy corner.
The legal position on this issue is very cloudy.
The air was cold and misty.
hazy, , ,
The air was filled with hazy sunshine and frost.
He was walking down the road one dusky evening.
blurry lines and undefined borders
out of focus,
Some of the pictures are out of focus.
staff with ill-defined responsibilities
The signs were so concealed as to be almost indiscernible.
to cover or cloud overTrees obscured his vision.
to make unclear or vagueThe building is almost completely obscured by a huge banner.
The compound was hidden by trees and shrubs.
The road is screened by a block of flats.
A thick grey cloud masked the sun.
She made no attempt to disguise her contempt.
The device, concealed in a dustbin, was defused by police.
Her hair swept across her face, as if to veil it.
He uses jargon to cloak his inefficiency.
Mist shrouded the outline of the palace.
This is another clever attempt to camouflage reality.
the thick black cloud of smoke that enveloped the area
the icy chill that enshrouded us
to make unclear or vaguethe jargon that frequently obscures legal documents
They are deliberately obfuscating the issue.
His critics accused him of trying to confuse the issue.
Perhaps anger has clouded his vision.
Scientists are trying to blur the distinction between these questions.
It's difficult enough without muddying the issue with religion.
A storm darkened the sky.
muddy the waters of, , ,
throw a veil over,
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in the sense of ambiguous
having more than one possible interpretationHis remarks clarify an ambiguous statement given earlier this week.
in the sense of blur
to make or become vague or less distinctScientists are trying to blur the distinction between these questions.
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