Definition of obscurantism in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈskyo͝orənˌtizəm/
Pronunciation: /äbˈskyo͝orənˌtizəm/ Pronunciation: /ˌäbskyəˈranˌtizəm/


The practice of deliberately preventing the facts or full details of something from becoming known.
Example sentences
  • It is hoped that in their absence, other scientists will come forward to champion science against religious obscurantism before masses of people.
  • The ruling regime sustains itself through a combination of fear, prejudice and religious obscurantism.
  • Instead of succumbing to the forces of religious obscurantism, incompetence and repression, the region's Muslims are set to provide a template for modernist believers across the globe.



Pronunciation: /ˈäbskyərənt/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • ‘There is a long list of other projects, which only serve obscurants and divisive forces,’ the letter adds.
  • To sit, stubborn and obscurant, and refuse to acknowledge the roots of politicised mass murder is inexcusable.
  • We use them [white phosphorus munitions] primarily as obscurants, for smokescreens or target marking in some cases.


Pronunciation: /əbˈskyo͝orəntəst/
Pronunciation: /ˌäbskyəˈran(t)əst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Only recently have leftist obscurantists gone cool on the ‘blowback’ theory - largely because the murder of hapless innocents has crossed another line in their embarrassment threshold.
  • Opposition to English is a futile cultural position, however, one most frequently adopted by cultural and religious obscurantists or blinkered advocates of communicative borders.
  • It is the so-called secularists who, justifying themselves with specious sophistry, join hands with the most obscurantist religious leaders to insist on maintaining the present unequal system.


Mid 19th century: from earlier obscurant, denoting a person who obscures something, via German from Latin obscurant- 'making dark', from the verb obscurare.

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Syllabification: ob·scu·rant·ism

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