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 (ŏb-skyo͝or′ənt, əb-)
One who opposes intellectual advancement and political reform.
1. Characterized by opposition to intellectual advancement and political reform.
2. Tending to make obscure: an obscurant bank of clouds.


an opposer of reform and enlightenment
1. of or relating to an obscurant
2. causing obscurity
ˌobscuˈrantism n
ˌobscuˈrantist n, adj


(əbˈskyʊər ənt)

1. a person who strives to prevent the spread of knowledge.
2. pertaining to or characteristic of obscurants.
3. tending to make obscure.
[1790–1800; < Latin obscūrant-, s. of obscūrāns, present participle of obscūrāre, derivative of obscūrus dark]
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Speaking at the outset of the session, Sabbagh underlined the key role of interior security forces side by side with the Syrian army to defend the homeland's security and stability against the takfiri obscurant terrorism which targets Syria and its people.
Barats also wrote a very negative "Note about Hasidism," were he called Hasidic Jews (the majority of the Jewish population of the region) obscurant religious fanatics.
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This isn't just smoke or chaff, this is a high tech obscurant, which can be effective against an array of missile homing systems," said Antonio Siordia, the US Seventh Fleet's science adviser.
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On the other hand, the city is a place for fanatical ideas and obscurant movements that find the place even in state policy.
Depriving women of university education due to their clothing, beliefs, identities, or family backgrounds is a primitive and an obscurant attitude that wears off the emancipatory nature of the universities.