The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information

4 definitions found
 for obfuscate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Obfuscate \Ob*fus"cate\, a. [L. obfuscatus, p. p. of obfuscare
     to darken; ob (see Ob-) + fuscare, fuscatum, to darken,
     from fuscus dark.]
     Obfuscated; darkened; obscured. [Obs.] [Written also
     offuscate.] --Sir. T. Elyot.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Obfuscate \Ob*fus"cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obfuscated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Obfuscating.]
     1. To darken; to obscure; to becloud.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Hence: To confuse; to bewilder; to make unclear.
        [1913 Webster]
              His head, like a smokejack, the funnel unswept, and
              the ideas whirling round and round about in it, all
              obfuscated and darkened over with fuliginous matter.
        [1913 Webster]
              Clouds of passion which might obfuscate the
              intellects of meaner females.         --Sir. W.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make obscure or unclear [ant: clarify, clear up,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "obfuscate":
     adumbrate, becloud, bedarken, bedim, befog, begloom, black,
     black out, blacken, blanket, blind, block the light, blot out,
     blur, brown, camouflage, cast a shadow, cloak, cloud, cloud over,
     complicate, conceal, confuse, corrupt, cover, cover up, curtain,
     darken, darken over, deform, dim, dim out, disguise, disorder,
     dissemble, distort, distract attention from, eclipse, encloud,
     encompass with shadow, ensconce, enshroud, envelop, fog up, garble,
     gloom, gloss over, hide, jumble, keep under cover,
     make unintelligible, mask, mess up, misadvise, misdirect,
     miseducate, misguide, misinform, misinstruct, mislead, misteach,
     muddle, murk, mystify, obnubilate, obscure, obumbrate, occult,
     occultate, overcast, overcloud, overshadow, pervert, scramble,
     screen, shade, shadow, shroud, slur over, somber, unform, unshape,
     varnish, veil, whitewash

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org