obscurantist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n obscurantist a person who is deliberately vague
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Obscurantist Same as Obscurant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obscurantist Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of obscurants or obscurantism.
    • n obscurantist One who opposes the cultivation and diffusion of knowledge; an obscurant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Obscurantist an obscurant
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Quotations

  • Guy Debord
    Guy Debord
    “Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. obscurus.

Usage

In literature:

The obscurantists take very good care to spread themselves.
"Denzil Quarrier" by George Gissing
OBSCURANTIST, name given to an opponent to modern enlightenment as professed by the devotees of modern science and philosophy.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Without it religion becomes bigoted, faith obscurantist, and ceremony superstitious.
"Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria" by Norman Bentwich
Obscurantists and sentimentalists might denounce rationalism.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
She joined the ranks of obscurantists and obstructives.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
This enraged Pfefferkorn and his Obscurantist associates.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
With these learned obscurantists Dr. Napheys had no patience, and naturally found but slight favor.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Obscurantists thought it a wicked book; 'intellectual' people thought it an advanced book.
"Charles Darwin" by Grant Allen
Personally I know just about as many young fools and obscurantists and militarists as elderly ones.
"Non-combatants and Others" by Rose Macaulay
He was not by temperament an obscurantist, and he began by being something of a political idealist.
"Rome" by Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
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In news:

Fronting San Francisco obscurantists Coachwhips (2001-2005), force-feeding listeners speedballs of distorted garage rock and four-chord blues punk, Dwyer might as well have been squealing in pig Latin.
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In science:

For some Sokal was the apostle of Enlightenment against the post-modern obscurantists.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
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