Obscurant

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Obscurant One who obscures; one who prevents enlightenment or hinders the progress of knowledge and wisdom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obscurant One who or that which obscures; specifically, one who labors to prevent inquiry, enlightenment, or reform; an obscurantist.
    • obscurant Obscuring or darkening; of the nature of, or characteristic of, an obscurant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Obscurant one who labours to prevent enlightenment or reform
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Quotations

  • Tryon Edwards
    Tryon%20Edwards
    “Never be so brief as to become obscure.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.”
  • Don Delillo
    Don%20Delillo
    “Hardship makes the world obscure.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Doubt obscures the true vision of the heart.”
  • Aesop
    Aesop
    “Obscurity brings safety.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obscurans, p. pr. of obscurare, to obscure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. obscurus.

Usage

In literature:

The maximum observed obscuration during this eclipse was no more than 4^m.
"The Story of Eclipses" by George Chambers
Other masters, and of all sorts, have emerged from obscure places.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
He stole forward into the flaking shadows of late afternoon, and at once the brush obscured him.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Thus ended this day of mingled glory and sadness, the mists and confusion of which have in a great measure obscured its history.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
The nature of the disease is obscure.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Rose, as the wife of an obscurity, could very easily be kept obscure.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The Democratic members looked at him closely, and he stepped out of his obscurity as he went forward.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
But Gudel's pale face was obscured by a mocking though sweet face, which flitted between him and all else.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
From some obscure corner of her memory, undevastated by war or by ruin, her own youth appeared to take the place of Virginia's.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
Gordon considered the idea, and, obscurely, it troubled him, moved him a space from his apathy.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
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In poetry:

" The sun in azure fields might roll,
And not a cloud obscure his ray;
Yet darkness dwell upon my soul,
His beams could never chase away.
"The Last Day" by James Edmeston
When the Hours flew brightly by,
And not a cloud obscured the sky,
My soul, lest it should truant be,
Thy grace did guide to thine and thee;
"Sancta Maria" by Edgar Allan Poe
Ah, most her heart is stirred for them,
Whose foreheads, wrapped in mists obscure,
Still wear a triple diadem--
The young, the innocent, the poor.
"Charity" by Victor Marie Hugo
It may be that in age one seeks
Peace only: that the blood is brisker
In boy's veins, than in theirs whose cheeks
Are partially obscured by whisker;
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
There lie the ashes of the mighty dead,
The youth who lit with flame Obscurity,
Fought true for Freedom, won thro' rain of lead
Undying fame, their immortality.
"Gallipoli" by John William Streets
JUSTINA. Who art thou who has procured
Entrance to this lone retreat,
Though the entrance is secured?
Or, my senses being obscured,
Art thou but delusion's cheat?
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

With former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes deciding to run for Metro Council president, we have a whole new race for one of the more important - if sometimes obscure - elected positions in the Metro region.
Robleto, a brainy Texas-based conceptual artist, embeds his sculptures with buried symbolic clues so obscure that there's n...
She was credited as 'Billy Richards,' further obscuring her gender.
Romney, Fischer obscurely address 'big, anti-Mormon elephant' at Values Voter Summit.
Falcons rise from obscurity to be among NFL's best.
Many RBs escape obscurity against Bills.
Nationals' John Lannan: From baseball obscurity to a clinching opportunity.
Some Mormons nostalgic about obscurity .
Rees rides to Notre Dame rescue, then obscurity , again.
Mormons are 'coming out of obscurity .
Romney is hailed as 'ambassador' guiding Mormonism 'out of obscurity .
Punishing James Holmes with Obscurity .
'Fly, Colton, Fly': From obscurity to folk hero.
After initial obscurity , 'The DMV' nickname for Washington area picks up speed.
Rethinking the language of obscurity .
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In science:

Yet if the superposed spaces cannot be resolved into one and the same space, then the different matter states in the superposition must occur in separate spaces and the meaning of ‘superposition’ in this context becomes obscure.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
The mechanism of this process is, however, obscure.
Relativistic Quantum Non-Locality
For such a case the extinction will be variable in the galaxy — stars in the center being more obscured than those in the outer regions.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The minimum necessary Lorentz factor for GRB 980425 was considered by Lithwick & Sari , who found it to be at least 3.8 in order for the burst not be obscured by e+− pairs produced by its radiation field.
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
However, if b is not vanishing then the reasons for the vanishing of Ω are obscure.
On the gravitomagnetic effects in cylindrically symmetric spacetimes
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