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 ?
Obscurantism is better than the light of incendiary torches.
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She put up remarkable resistance against oppression, despotism and obscurantism when many men and women took a path of political expediency.
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IN these dark times, across the world the forces of obscurantism and hate are on the march, trying to 'cleanse' their societies of minorities and resisting, often forcefully, calls for pluralism and multiculturalism.
She had been in constant struggle against the dark forces of obscurantism right from the beginning.
Mahatir's emphasis on science, especially computer science, helped Malaysia move away from obscurantism and towards becoming a tolerant, peaceful country.
In short, this is the obscurantism of a regime that has all but failed to govern and lead the nation, instead isolating it from the global community with its barbaric position on human rights as bannered by an indecent and shameless head of state,' she said.
All of them were vociferous in their opposition to superstition, obscurantism and the perpetuation of the communal agenda by the rightwing Hindutva forces,"the CPI-M leader said.
In the presence of International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) Secretary-General Michaelle Jean and French-speaking countries' culture ministers, Mohamed Zine el Abidine pointed out in his address that the Francophonie is a constantly evolving concept and it is therefore important to rethink our approach to cultural diversity in light of changes in the geo-strategic situation and the world situation marked by the proliferation of the scourges of extremism and obscurantism.
Obscurantism is an intellectual style characterized by attempts to evade critical scrutiny.
Such a statement reeks of mediaeval obscurantism, discredits modern Russia and is shameful of the party which he represents," he told the Lekhaim Jewish magazine.