Share this entry
obnubilate Line breaks: ob¦nubil|ate
Pronunciation: /ɒbˈnjuːbɪleɪt/

Definition of obnubilate in English:


[with object] literary
Darken or cover with or as if with a cloud; obscure: never to be short of illusions, to obnubilate himself: such was his dream


Example sentences
  • I soon found in effect it was impossible for me to declare it, considering the contrast of the solitariness of my long obnubilation and obscurity.
  • I am willing to give preference to the second option as I am presently animated by subjectivist obnubilation.
  • It was a curious business, what with the King reigning from 1760 to 1820, losing and regaining his senses until the final ten years of total obnubilation.


Late 16th century: from Latin obnubilat- 'covered with clouds or fog', from the verb obnubilare.

Definition of obnubilate in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources