Obfuscate Ob*fus"cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obfuscated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Obfuscating}.] 1. To darken; to obscure; to becloud. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: To confuse; to bewilder; to make unclear. [1913 Webster]

His head, like a smokejack, the funnel unswept, and the ideas whirling round and round about in it, all obfuscated and darkened over with fuliginous matter. --Sterne. [1913 Webster]

Clouds of passion which might obfuscate the intellects of meaner females. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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