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obfuscate | obfuscation

obfuscate obfuscation
make something less clear or harder to understand
  • How to Memorize
    • obfuscate - confuse
  • Analysis

    When you ‘obfuscate’, you obscure something by making it seem much more confusing and difficult to understand than it really is. This is typically done deliberately as a tactic when you are trying to be evasive or hide something, like the truth. For that reason, the word is often used in a political context.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsobscure, bewilder, confound,
    Antonymselucidateclarify, enlighten,
  • Example(s)
    1. Your argument is not helping anything, it only serves to obfuscate the main issue we’re trying to address.

    2. The politician’s evasiveness and twisting of the facts was a deliberate obfuscation of the truth.

    3. Those new rules are so nebulous. They are much more likely to obfuscate the situation than clarify anything.