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ob·scu·ri·ty

 (ŏb-skyo͝or′ĭ-tē, əb-)
n. pl. ob·scu·ri·ties
1. Deficiency or absence of light; darkness.
2.
a. The quality or condition of being unknown: "Even utter obscurity need not be an obstacle to [political] success" (New Republic).
b. One that is unknown.
3.
a. The quality or condition of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand: "writings meant to be understood ... by all, composed without deliberate obscurity or hidden motives" (National Review).
b. An instance of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand.

obscurity

(əbˈskjʊərɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being obscure
2. an obscure person or thing

ob•scu•ri•ty

(əbˈskyʊər ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being obscure.
2. a person or thing that is obscure.
[1470–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obscurity - the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understandobscurity - the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
incomprehensibility - the quality of being incomprehensible
clarity, clearness, limpidity, lucidity, lucidness, pellucidity - free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression
2.obscurity - an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known; "he worked in obscurity for many years"
standing - social or financial or professional status or reputation; "of equal standing"; "a member in good standing"
anonymity, namelessness - the state of being anonymous
humbleness, lowliness, obscureness, unimportance - the state of being humble and unimportant
nowhere - an insignificant place; "he came out of nowhere"
limbo, oblivion - the state of being disregarded or forgotten
prominence - the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent
3.obscurity - the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination
semidarkness - partial darkness

obscurity

noun
3. enigma, mystery, puzzle, problem, difficulty, complexity, riddle, conundrum Whatever its obscurities, the poem was clear on one count.
4. darkness, dark, shadows, shade, gloom, haze, blackness, murk, dimness, murkiness, haziness, duskiness, shadiness, shadowiness, indistinctness the vast branches vanished into deep indigo obscurity above my head

obscurity

noun
1. Absence or deficiency of light:
2. The quality or state of being obscure:
Translations
ظَلام، ظُلْمَه، غُموض
uklarhed
óskÿrleiki; torræîni
anlaşılmazlık

obscurity

[əbˈskjʊərɪtɪ] N
1. (= the unknown) → oscuridad f
to live in obscurityvivir en la oscuridad
she rose from obscurity to be a leading name in fashionsalió de la nada para llegar a ser un nombre destacado del mundo de la moda
the band faded into obscurityel grupo cayó en el olvido
2. (= complexity) [of language, idea] → oscuridad f
obscurities (in a book) → puntos mpl oscuros
3. (liter) (= darkness) → oscuridad f

obscurity

[əbˈskjʊərəti] n
[unknown person, thing] → obscurité f
[reply, statement] → caractère m obscur

obscurity

n
no pl (of a wood, night)Dunkelheit f, → Finsternis f, → Dunkel nt
(of style, ideas, argument)Unklarheit f, → Unverständlichkeit f, → Verworrenheit f; to lapse into obscurityverworren or unklar werden; he threw some light on the obscurities of the texter erhellte einige der unklaren Textstellen
no pl (of birth, origins)Dunkel nt; to live in obscurityzurückgezogen leben; to rise from obscurityaus dem Nichts auftauchen; in spite of the obscurity of his originstrotz seiner unbekannten Herkunft; to sink into obscurityin Vergessenheit geraten

obscurity

[əbˈskjʊərɪtɪ] n (also) (fig) → oscurità f inv

obscure

(əbˈskjuə) adjective
1. not clear; difficult to see. an obscure corner of the library.
2. not well-known. an obscure author.
3. difficult to understand. an obscure poem.
verb
to make obscure. A large tree obscured the view.
obˈscurely adverb
obˈscurity noun
References in classic literature ?
A still greater obscurity lies in the distinctive characters by which the objects in each of these great departments of nature have been arranged and assorted.
AN Old Politician and a Young Politician were travelling through a beautiful country, by the dusty highway which leads to the City of Prosperous Obscurity.
He walked on, going from obscurity into promises of a greater obscurity.
It shook with his measured breath, as he gave out the psalm; it threw its obscurity between him and the holy page, as he read the Scriptures; and while he prayed, the veil lay heavily on his uplifted countenance.
The hatches of the saloon were open, and, as the beacon light of the Nautilus was not in action, a dim obscurity reigned in the midst of the waters.
de Wardes must take his departure, still in obscurity.
On the fourteenth day I went into the kitchen, and I was surprised to find that the fronds of the red weed had grown right across the hole in the wall, turning the half-light of the place into a crimson-coloured obscurity.
At eighteen, Miss Murray was to emerge from the quiet obscurity of the schoolroom into the full blaze of the fashionable world--as much of it, at least, as could be had out of London; for her papa could not be persuaded to leave his rural pleasures and pursuits, even for a few weeks' residence in town.
The roads were bad, and the dense obscurity of the night increased the difficulty of getting over the ground quickly.
The obscurity lent him courage to keep his eves fastened as ardently as he liked upon the girl who sat in the firelight.
Still there is so much obscurity in the Indian traditions, and so much confusion in the Indian names, as to render some explanation useful.
As it was, he impressed himself professionally on Europe to an extent that made his comparative personal obscurity, and the failure of Oxford to do justice to his eminence, a puzzle to foreign specialists in his subject.