ob·fus·cate (ŏb′fə-skāt′, ŏb-fŭs′kāt′)
tr.v. ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing, ob·fus·cates

1. To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: “A great effort was made … to obscure or obfuscate the truth” (Robert Conquest).

2. To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.
[Latin obfuscāre, obfuscāt-, to darken : ob-, over; see ob- + fuscāre, to darken (from fuscus, dark).]

ob′fus·ca′tion n.
ob·fus′ca·to′ry (ŏb-fŭs′kə-tôr′ē, əb-) adj.
obfuscation (ˌɒbfʌsˈkeɪʃən)
the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand
the process of darkening or obscuring so as to hinder ready analysis.

See also: Thinking -Ologies & -Isms.

Antonyms & Synonyms:

Noun 1. obfuscation – confusion resulting from failure to understand
bafflement, befuddlement, bemusement, bewilderment, mystification, puzzlement
confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness, confusion – a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; “a confusion of impressions”

2. obfuscation – the activity of obscuring people’s understanding, leaving them baffled or bewildered
activity – any specific behavior; “they avoided all recreational activity”

3. obfuscation – darkening or obscuring the sight of something
blackening, darkening – changing to a darker color
noun evasiveness, shuffling, deception, fudging, waffle (informal, chiefly Brit.), equivocation, prevarication, sophistry, obliqueness, sophism His speech was incomprehensible and full of obfuscation.

n. ofuscación, confusión mental.

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