obscurity
obscurity ob*scu"ri*ty ([o^]b*sk[=u]"r[i^]*t[y^]), n. [L. obscuritas: cf. F. obscurit['e].] The quality or state of being obscure.

Syn: darkness; privacy; inconspicuousness; unintelligibleness; uncertainty. [1913 Webster]

You are not for obscurity designed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

They were now brought forth from obscurity, to be contemplated by artists with admiration and despair. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Darkness; dimness; gloom. See {Darkness}. [1913 Webster]


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