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obscurity

Noun

1 the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand [syn: obscureness, abstruseness, reconditeness] [ant: clarity]
2 an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known; "he worked in obscurity for many years" [ant: prominence]
3 the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination [syn: obscureness]

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English

Noun

  1. Darkness; the absence of light
  2. The state of being unknown; a thing that is unknown
  3. The quality of being difficult to understand; a thing that is difficult to understand

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Egyptian darkness, Erebus, a nobody, a nothing, abstruseness, adiaphanousness, ambiguousness, amorphia, amorphism, amorphousness, anarchy, anonymity, arcanum, blackness, bleariness, blobbiness, blur, blurriness, broadness, chaos, cipher, cloudiness, common man, complexity, confusion, dark, darkness, darkness visible, dead of night, defocus, dimness, disorder, dummy, dusk, duskiness, entropy, esoterica, faintness, feebleness, figurehead, filminess, fog, fogginess, formlessness, fuzziness, generality, gloom, half-visibility, haze, haziness, ill-definedness, imperviousness to light, imprecision, inaccuracy, inchoateness, incoherence, indecisiveness, indefinableness, indefiniteness, indeterminateness, indistinctness, indistinguishability, inexactness, ingloriousness, insignificance, insignificancy, intense darkness, intransparency, intricacy, jackstraw, laxity, lightlessness, lightweight, limbo, little fellow, little guy, looseness, low profile, man of straw, mediocrity, messiness, mist, mistiness, moonlessness, mumbo jumbo, murk, murkiness, mystery, mystification, namelessness, nebbish, nebulousness, night, nobody one knows, nonentity, obfuscation, obscurantism, obscuration, obscure, obscure darkness, opacity, opaque, opaqueness, orderlessness, paleness, perplexity, pip-squeak, pitch-darkness, pitchy darkness, punk, roil, roiledness, runt, scrub, secret, semivisibility, shade, shadow, shadowiness, shapelessness, shrimp, small fry, small potato, small potatoes, soft focus, squirt, squit, starlessness, sunlessness, swarthiness, sweepingness, tenebrosity, tenebrousness, the palpable obscure, total darkness, turbidity, turbidness, uncertainty, unclarity, unclearness, unimportance, unintelligibility, unplainness, vague appearance, vagueness, velvet darkness, weakness, whiffet, whippersnapper
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