1. adjective

the truth is that many aspects of a war's outcome remain obscure for years

unclear, uncertain, unknown, in doubt, doubtful, dubious, mysterious, hazy, vague, indeterminate, concealed, hidden
clear, obvious

obscure references to Proust

abstruse, recondite, arcane, esoteric; mystifying, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, ambiguous, cryptic, enigmatic, Delphic, oracular, oblique, opaque, elliptical, unintelligible, incomprehensible, impenetrable, unfathomable; informal as clear as mud
clear, plain

rumors from open-mouth radio shows and obscure web sites

little known, unknown, unheard of, unnoticed, undistinguished, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, minor, lowly; nameless, anonymous; unsung, unrecognized, forgotten
famous, renowned

an obscure shape

indistinct, faint, vague, nebulous, ill-defined, unclear, blurred, blurry, misty, hazy; dark, dim, shadowy; literary tenebrous; archaic caliginous
2. verb

a shy and abject manner obscured her prettiness

hide, conceal, cover, veil, shroud, screen, mask, cloak, cast a shadow over, shadow, block (out), obliterate, eclipse, darken; literary bedim, enshroud

human rights are often obscured by the shadow of politics

confuse, complicate, obfuscate, cloud, blur, muddy; muddy the waters of; literary befog, becloud
illuminate, clarify
obscure; abstruse; recondite
Obscure is the general term for something that is unclear or not easy to understand; abstruse and recondite are more formal terms. Obscure often expresses dissatisfaction at one's inability to identify something (the causation of his mental disorder is obscure), or, more critically, refers to something that's not sufficiently clearly expressed (the law is too obscure to interpret correctly we find it difficult to address your obscure complaints). A reference to, say, "an obscure congressman" is a dismissive comment, suggesting that this is someone not only little known but perhaps deservedly so. Abstruse is more precise in its meaning — 'difficult to understand' — and usually implies that the subject would be puzzling to most anyone (reading her essays, one wonders if even she can understand her abstruse philosophy). Recondite denotes topics that are known and understood by only a few experts: recondite though their theme may be, they demonstrate that it is not without relevance. There is often a critical suggestion that difficulty or obscurity has been deliberately sought out or magnified.

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