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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.
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an opposer of reform and enlightenment
1. of or relating to an obscurant
2. causing obscurity
ˌobscuˈrantist n, adj
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1. a person who strives to prevent the spread of knowledge.adj.
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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