Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb obscure

5 senses of obscure

Sense 1
obscure, befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze over, fog, cloud, mist -- (make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley")
       => hide, conceal -- (prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money")

Sense 2
confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate -- (make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 3
obscure, bedim, overcloud -- (make obscure or unclear; "The distinction was obscured")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 4
obscure -- (reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa)
       => reduce -- (destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it)

Sense 5
obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide -- (make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj obscure

6 senses of obscure

Sense 1
obscure, vague -- (not clearly understood or expressed; "an obscure turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke)

INDIRECT (VIA unclear) -> clear -- (readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature")

Sense 2
dark, obscure -- (marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure")

INDIRECT (VIA incomprehensible) -> comprehensible, comprehendible -- (capable of being comprehended or understood; "an idea comprehensible to the average mind")

Sense 3
hidden, obscure -- (difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat")

INDIRECT (VIA concealed) -> unconcealed -- (not concealed or hidden; "her unconcealed hostility poisoned the atmosphere"; "watched with unconcealed curiosity")

Sense 4
obscure, unknown, unsung -- (not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war")

INDIRECT (VIA inglorious) -> glorious -- (having or deserving or conferring glory; "a long and glorious career"; "our glorious literature")

Sense 5
obscure, unnoticeable -- (not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw")

INDIRECT (VIA inconspicuous) -> conspicuous -- (obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening")

Sense 6
apart (predicate), isolated, obscure -- (remote and separate physically or socially; "existed over the centuries as a world apart"; "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"; "an obscure village")

INDIRECT (VIA unconnected) -> connected -- (joined or linked together)

Similarity of adj obscure

6 senses of obscure

Sense 1
obscure, vague -- (not clearly understood or expressed; "an obscure turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke)
       => unclear (vs. clear) -- (not clear to the mind; "the law itself was unclear on that point"; "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day")

Sense 2
dark, obscure -- (marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure")
       => incomprehensible (vs. comprehensible), uncomprehensible -- (difficult to understand; "the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible"- A. Einstein)

Sense 3
hidden, obscure -- (difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an obscure retreat")
       => concealed (vs. unconcealed) -- (hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase")

Sense 4
obscure, unknown, unsung -- (not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war")
       => inglorious (vs. glorious) -- (not bringing honor and glory; "some mute inglorious Milton here may rest")

Sense 5
obscure, unnoticeable -- (not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet"; "an obscure flaw")
       => inconspicuous (vs. conspicuous), invisible -- (not prominent or readily noticeable; "he pushed the string through an inconspicuous hole"; "the invisible man")

Sense 6
apart (predicate), isolated, obscure -- (remote and separate physically or socially; "existed over the centuries as a world apart"; "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"; "an obscure village")
       => unconnected (vs. connected) -- (not joined or linked together)

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