obscurantism

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ob·scur·ant·ism

 (ŏb-skyo͝or′ən-tĭz′əm, əb-, ŏb′skyo͝o-răn′-)
n.
1. The principles or practice of obscurants.
2. A policy of withholding information from the public.
3.
a. A style in art and literature characterized by deliberate vagueness or obliqueness.
b. An example or instance of this style.

ob·scur′ant·ist n.

ob•scu•rant•ism

(əbˈskyʊər ənˌtɪz əm, ˌɒb skyʊˈræn tɪz əm)

n.
1. opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge.
2. deliberate obscurity or evasion of clarity.
ob•scu′rant•ist, n., adj.

obscurantism

the use of argument intended to prevent enlightenment or to hinder the process of knowledge and wisdom. Also spelled obscuranticism. — obscurantist, n.obscurant, obscurantic, adj.
See also: Argumentation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obscurantism - a policy of opposition to enlightenment or the spread of knowledge
policy - a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group; "it was a policy of retribution"; "a politician keeps changing his policies"
2.obscurantism - a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving
Translations
obskurantismus

obscurantism

[ˌɒbskjʊəˈræntɪzəm] Noscurantismo m

obscurantism

nObskurantismus m, → Aufklärungsfeindlichkeit f

obscurantism

[ˌəbskjʊəˈræntɪzm] noscurantismo
References in classic literature ?
So that the man who should, for instance, go openly and knowingly in opposition to all that list would to your thinking, and indeed mine, too, of course, be an obscurantist or an absolute madman: would not he?
Instead of finding a realistic answer to this question, going hunting for obscurantists or fundamentalists is like throwing punches at an invisible rival in the dark.
In her moving new book Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 rpm Records (Scribners), author Amanda Petrusich dives deep into the world of the insular obscurantists who adore the country blues and other misty musical stylings recorded on 78s in the 1920s and '30s.
The leaders and people of Syria are respectful and full of gratitude for Russia's stance," said Muallem, adding that Moscow "is supporting Syria in the face of a world war launched by obscurantists and terrorists".
He informed that 55% of 86 million vigilant voters participated in the electoral process and rejected fear spread by obscurantists.
During a ceremony to honor late Sheikh Rashid al-Hajjar at Mohmammad al-Amin Mosque in Downtown Beirut, Qabbani said: "Those who are labeling Islam and Muslims as obscurantists actually represent the darkness itself in our world and in our Arab and Islamic countries.
Under constant threat from the mediaeval obscurantists who threatened her she could have kept quiet or gone into hiding.