Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who opposes intellectual advancement and political reform.
  • adj. Characterized by opposition to intellectual advancement and political reform.
  • adj. Tending to make obscure: an obscurant bank of clouds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Acting or tending to confound, obfuscate, or obscure.
  • adj. Typical of or pertaining to obscurants; obscurantic; obscurantistic.
  • n. One who acts to confound or obfuscate; an obscurantist.
  • n. A person who seeks to prevent or hinder enquiry and the advancement of knowledge or wisdom; an agent of endarkenment.
  • n. An opposer of lucidity and transparency in the political and intellectual spheres.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who obscures; one who prevents enlightenment or hinders the progress of knowledge and wisdom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Obscuring or darkening; of the nature of, or characteristic of, an obscurant.
  • n. One who or that which obscures; specifically, one who labors to prevent inquiry, enlightenment, or reform; an obscurantist.

Etymologies

Entering English circa 1793–1799: From German Obskurant[2] and French obscurant[2], from classical Latin obscūrant-[1][2], stem of obscūrāns[1][2][3], present participle of obscūrāre ("to obscure")[1][2][3], from obscūrus ("dark")[1]. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • International law does not outlaw white phosphorus, an "obscurant" used to create smoke screens to cover troop movements of illuminated targets, but human rights groups have said that its use could be illegal in civilian areas if "all feasible precautions" are not taken.

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

  • Israel appeared to be using white phosphorus as an "obscurant" (a chemical used to hide military operations), a permissible use in principle under international humanitarian law (the laws of war).

    Palestine Blogs aggregator

  • Israel appears to be using WP as an "obscurant" (a chemical used to hide military operations),

    Palestine Blogs aggregator

  • Israel appears to be using WP as an "obscurant" (a chemical used to hide military operations), a permissible use in principle under international humanitarian law (the laws of war).

    AfterDowningStreet.org - Bush-Cheney Trials in '09

  • International law permits the use of white phopshorus as an "obscurant" to cover troop movements and prevent enemies from using certain guided weapons, but its use is controversial as it can injure people through painful chemical burns.

    Palestine Blogs aggregator

  • As admitted by the authors of HRW's report, "international humanitarian law - the laws of war - does not ban white phosphorous munitions either as an 'obscurant' to hide military operations or as an incendiary weapon."

    NGO Monitor Research

  • International law permits the use of white phosphorus as an "obscurant" to cover troop movements and prevent enemies from using certain guided weapons.

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

  • International law permits the use of white phosphorus - which can cause severe burns - as an "obscurant" to cover troop movements and prevent enemies from using certain guided weapons.

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement: "Israel appeared to be using white phosphorus as an 'obscurant' (a chemical used to hide military operations), a permissible use in principle under international humanitarian law (the laws of war).

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  • I handed the dish over to Emily and retreated to the back room to think about what Steve said, sitting on an empty, upturned bucket by the deep freezer, wondering what this could mean as the title of an obscurant poem by a charming young woman I would never see again.

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