One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To bewilder, confuse (a person); to dim.
2with object Figurative. To cast into darkness or shadow; to render obscure.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Painter (?1540–1594), translator and administrator. From post-classical Latin offuscat-, past participial stem of offuscare, variant of obfuscare obfuscate.
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