Word of the Day: obfuscate

ob·fus·cate verb \ˈäb-fə-ˌskāt; äb-ˈfəs-ˌkāt, əb-\

: to make (something) more difficult to understand


Full Definition of OBFUSCATE

transitive verb
a: darken


b: to make obscure <obfuscate the issue>

: confuse <obfuscate the reader>
intransitive verb
: to be evasive, unclear, or confusing
ob·fus·ca·tion \ˌäb-(ˌ)fəs-ˈkā-shən\noun
ob·fus·ca·to·ry \äb-ˈfəs-kə-ˌtr-ē, əb-\adjective

Examples of OBFUSCATE

  1. Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.
  2. Their explanations only serve to obfuscate and confuse.


Late Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare, from Latin ob- in the way + fuscus dark brown — more at ob-, dusk

First Known Use: 1577

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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