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Definition of obscurity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. obscurities)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state in which someone or something is not well known or has been forgotten The actress was only 17 when she was plucked from obscurity and made a star. He spent most of his life working in obscurity.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable, usually plural] the quality of being difficult to understand; something that is difficult to understand The course teaches students to avoid ambiguity and obscurity of expression. a speech full of obscurities
  3. 3[uncountable] (literary) the state of being dark; darkness
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: obscurity