One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.‘when confronted with sharp questions they resort to obfuscation’count noun ‘ministers put up mealy-mouthed denials and obfuscations’
- ‘We have come a long way from the days when central bankers relied primarily on obfuscation and mystique.’
- ‘She made it clear police obfuscation would not be allowed to continue.’
- ‘The band's cryptic song titles provide unneeded obfuscation.’
- ‘The effect of his work is not to explain anything, but rather to dramatize the purposeful obfuscation of information.’
- ‘Over the years he has become an expert in spin, obfuscation and, most of all, fueling speculative excess.’
- ‘Another obfuscation involved the use of the term 'counter-insurgency'.’
- ‘There is none of the deliberate obfuscation characteristic of so much architectural theory.’
- ‘The families and friends of those killed have responded bitterly to the litany of obfuscations and half-truths.’
- ‘He should also be credited for avoiding obfuscation.’
- ‘I regard this as a deliberate piece of obfuscation.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin obfuscatio(n-), from obfuscare ‘to darken or obscure’ (see obfuscate).
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