Definition of obscure adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əbˈskjʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskjʊr//
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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. The origins of the tradition have become obscure.
  2. 2difficult to understand I found her lecture very obscure. For some obscure reason, he failed to turn up. The meaning of his comment was obscure to everyone but himself.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French obscur, from Latin obscurus ‘dark’, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘cover’.
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