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OBSCU'RE, a. L. obscurus.

1. Dark destitute of light.

Whoso curseth his father or mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. Proverbs 20 .

2. Living in darkness as the obscure bird.
3. Not easily understood not obviously intelligible abstruse as an obscure passage in a writing.
4. Not much known or observed retired remote from observation as an obscure retreat.
5. Not noted unknown unnoticed humble mean as an obscure person a person of obscure birth.
6. Not easily legible as an obscure inscription.
7. Not clear, full or distinct imperfect as an obscure view of remote objects.

OBSCU'RE, L. obscuro.

1. To darken to make dark. The shadow of the earth obscures the moon, and the body of the moon obscures the sun, in an eclipse.
2. To cloud to make partially dark. Thick clouds obscure the day.
3. To hide from the view as, clouds obscure the sun.
4. To make less visible.

Why, 'tis an office of discovery, love, and I should be obscured.

5. To make less legible as, time has obscured the writing.
6. To make less intelligible.

There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of the learned as this.

7. To make less glorious, beautiful or illustrious.

- And see'st not sin obscures thy godlike frame?

8. To conceal to make unknown.
9. To tarnish as, to obscure brightness.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Obscure'. King James Dictionary.

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