Synonyms of obscure in English:

obscure


See definition of obscure

adjective

1‘he was born about 1650 though his origins and parentage remain obscure’

SYNONYMS

unclear, uncertain, unknown, in doubt, doubtful, dubious, mysterious, hazy, vague, indeterminate, concealed, hidden

2‘obscure references to Proust’

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abstruse, recondite, arcane, esoteric, recherché, occult

enigmatic, mystifying, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, ambiguous, cryptic, equivocal, Delphic, oracular, riddling, oblique, opaque, elliptical, unintelligible, uninterpretable, incomprehensible, impenetrable, unfathomable, inexplicable

unexplained

informal as clear as mud

ANTONYMS

clear, plain

3‘an obscure Peruvian painter’

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little known, unknown, unheard of, undistinguished, insignificant, unimportant, inconsequential, inconspicuous, unnoticed, nameless, anonymous, minor, humble, lowly, unrenowned, unsung, unrecognized, unhonoured, inglorious, forgotten

ANTONYMS

famous, renowned

4‘grey and obscure on the horizon rose a low island’

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indistinct, faint, vague, ill-defined, unclear, blurred, blurry, misty, hazy, foggy, veiled, cloudy, clouded, nebulous, fuzzy

dark, dim, unlit, black, murky, sombre, gloomy, shady, shadowy

literary dusky, tenebrous, darkling, crepuscular

rare caliginous, Cimmerian

ANTONYMS

distinct


verb

1‘grey clouds obscured the sun’

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hide, conceal, cover, veil, shroud, screen, mask, cloak, cast a shadow over, shadow, envelop, mantle, block, block out, blank out, obliterate, eclipse, overshadow

literary enshroud, bedim, benight

rare obnubilate, adumbrate

ANTONYMS

reveal

2‘recent events have obscured rather than illuminated the issue’

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confuse, complicate, obfuscate, cloud, blur, muddy

muddy the waters

literary becloud, befog

ANTONYMS

clarify, illuminate