Definition of obscurantism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɒbskjuˈræntɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ɑːbˈskjʊræntɪzəm//
[uncountable] (formal)
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the practice of deliberately preventing somebody from understanding or discovering something Religious prejudice and scientific obscurantism have been closely entangled throughout the whole history of this debate. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from earlier obscurant, denoting a person who obscures something, via German from Latin obscurant- ‘making dark’, from the verb obscurare.
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