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
- n. One who or that which obscures; specifically, one who labors to prevent inquiry, enlightenment, or reform; an obscurantist.
- Obscuring or darkening; of the nature of, or characteristic of, an obscurant.
Entering English circa 1793–1799: From German Obskurant and French obscurant, from classical Latin obscūrant-, stem of obscūrāns, present participle of obscūrāre ("to obscure"), from obscūrus ("dark"). (Wiktionary)