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Definition of obscure adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not well known synonym unknown an obscure German poet We went to see one of Shakespeare's more obscure plays. He was born around 1650 but his origins remain obscure.
  2. 2difficult to understand I found her lecture very obscure. For some obscure reason, he failed to show up. The meaning of his comment was obscure to everyone but himself.
    adverb They were making her feel obscurely worried (= for reasons that were difficult to understand).
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