Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French oscur, obscur, from Latin obscurus
Date: 15th century
1 a : dark, dim b : shrouded in or hidden by darkness c : not clearly seen or easily distinguished : faint
2 : not readily understood or clearly expressed; also : mysterious
3 : relatively unknown: as a : remote, secluded b : not prominent or famous
4 : constituting the unstressed vowel \ə\ or having unstressed \ə\ as its valuehttp://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/br...
obscure adjective ( NOT KNOWN ) /əbˈskjʊər//-ˈskjʊr/ adj not known to many people
an obscure island in the Pacific
an obscure 12th-century mystic
(Definition of obscure adjective (NOT KNOWN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictiona...
Deficient in light; dark.
So faintly perceptible as to lack clear delineation; indistinct. See Synonyms at dark.
Indistinctly heard; faint.
Linguistics Having the reduced, neutral sound represented by schwa ().
Far from centers of human population: an obscure village.
Out of sight; hidden: an obscure retreat.
Not readily noticed or seen; inconspicuous: an obscure flaw. Of undistinguished or humble station or reputation: an obscure poet; an obscure family.
Not clearly understood or expressed; ambiguous or vague: "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit" (Anatole Broyard). See Synonyms at ambiguous
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