obscurity

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French obscurité, from Latin obscūritās; synchronically analyzable as obscure +‎ -ity.

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NounEdit

obscurity (countable and uncountable, plural obscurities)

  1. (literary) Darkness; the absence of light.
  2. The state of being unknown; a thing that is unknown.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. [] Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments [] ; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.
  3. The quality of being difficult to understand; a thing that is difficult to understand.

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AntonymsEdit

  • (the state of being known): fame
  • (the state of being clear): clarity

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