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



    BrE BrE//əbˈskjʊərəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskjʊrəti//
    (pl. obscurities)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state in which somebody/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 synonym darkness
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French obscurite, from Latin obscuritas, from obscurus ‘dark’.Extra examples He is now living in virtual obscurity. He spent his early life in relative obscurity. O’Neil rose from obscurity to become an international sensation. poems of impenetrable obscurity
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: obscurity