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obfuscate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb make obscure or unclear

Ob*fus"cate adjective
L. obfuscatus, p.p. of obfuscare to darken; ob (see Ob-) + fuscare, fuscatum, to darken, from fuscus dark.
  1. Obfuscated; darkened; obscured. Obs. Written also offuscate. Sir. T. Elyot.
Ob*fus"cate transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Obfuscated ; present participle & verbal noun Obfuscating
  1. To darken; to obscure; to becloud; hence, to confuse; to bewilder.
    His head, like a smokejack, the funnel unswept, and the ideas whirling round and round about in it, all obfuscated and darkened over with fuliginous matter. Sterne.
    Clouds of passion which might obfuscate the intellects of meaner females. Sir. W. Scott.

Webster 1913

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