noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle French opacité shadiness, from Latin opacitat-, opacitas, from opacus shaded, dark Date: 1560 1. a. obscurity of sense ; unintelligibleness b. the quality or state of being mentally obtuse ; dullness 2. the quality or state of a body that makes it impervious to the rays of light; broadly the relative capacity of matter to obstruct the transmission of radiant energy 3. an opaque spot in a normally transparent structure (as the lens of the eye)

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