Definition of obfuscate in English:


Line breaks: ob|fus|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈɒbfʌskeɪt


[with object]
1Make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible: the spelling changes will deform some familiar words and obfuscate their etymological origins
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  • Is it time to obfuscate obscurantism, so to speak, even to oneself?
  • When it comes to password integrity, the key is to obfuscate words as much as possible.
  • To the degree that those words are used to obfuscate realities that are otherwise painful to utter, our monuments will be correspondingly fragile.
obscure, confuse, make obscure/unclear, blur, muddle, jumble, complicate, garble, muddy, cloud, befog;
1.1Bewilder (someone): the new rule is more likely to obfuscate people than enlighten them
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  • The main thing is to confuse and obfuscate the audience.
  • In that context, Marine's directorial flourishes obfuscate more than they enlighten.
  • For example, the supply of gold from official sources is on a 24-hour basis, in spite of the Washington agreement and similar declarations largely drafted in order to obfuscate rather than to enlighten.


late Middle English: from late Latin obfuscat- 'darkened', from the verb obfuscare, based on Latin fuscus 'dark'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Hands up all those who hate complexity and obfuscation.
  • Then as now there will be a good deal of obfuscation which makes translation difficult.
  • Talking to Colvin it quickly becomes clear that this work is itself as complex as the phenomenon of historical and archaeological obfuscation with which it deals.


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  • At 511 pages (exactly 500 pages more than the U.S. constitution) and laden with purposefully abstruse and obfuscatory language, the constitution meets only the second of Bonaparte's criteria.
  • Government-approved academics in China have already started to trot out obfuscatory arguments designed to refute obvious objections to demands for market-economy status.
  • He's hung his statements on a very precise - and to my mind - highly technical and obfuscatory statement that none of them has ‘leaked classified information.’

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