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tr.v. ob·nu·bi·lat·ed, ob·nu·bi·lat·ing, ob·nu·bi·lates
1. To darken or obscure with clouds; becloud: a storm that obnubilated the sky.
2. To cause to be unable to think clearly; confuse: Superstition obnubilated their minds.
3. To make hard to understand or follow; obscure: an important idea that was obnubilated by poor writing.
[Latin obnūbilāre, obnūbilāt- : ob-, against, in the way of; see epi in Indo-European roots + nūbilāre, to become cloudy (from nūbilus, cloudy, from nūbēs, cloud).]
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(tr) literary to darken or obscure
[C16: ultimately from Latin obnūbilāre to cover with clouds, from nubes cloud]
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|Verb||1.||obnubilate - make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"; "the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley"|
conceal, hide - prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money"
overshadow - cast a shadow upon; "The tall tree overshadowed the house"
|2.||obnubilate - make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"|
alter, change, 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"
confuse, confound - mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"
muddy - cause to become muddy; "These data would have muddied the prediction"
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