American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The principles or practice of obscurants.
- n. A policy of withholding information from the public.
- n. A style in art and literature characterized by deliberate vagueness or obliqueness.
- n. An example or instance of this style.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Opposition to the advancement and diffusion of knowledge; a tendency or desire to prevent inquiry or enlightenment; the principles or practices of obscurantists.
- n. A state of opposition to human progress or enlightenment.
- n. Being deliberately obscure or vague.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The system or the principles of the obscurants.
- n. a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
- n. a policy of opposition to enlightenment or the spread of knowledge
- From Latin obscűrans, present participle of obscűro ("cover, darken, obscure") + -ism (Wiktionary)
“Instead, our problem is becoming obscurantism, which is a deliberate hiding of the facts by vested interests who know they are injuring us.”
“Мракобесие is usually rendered as obscurantism, which isn't always a satisfying translation.”
“Economists strangely seem even more prone to this kind of obscurantism than the rest of the world.”
“Cultural relativism undermines the moral certitude of our principal enemy, Catholicism (aka "obscurantism")”
“The mistake I made was to use the word 'obscurantism' for the common tendency among Orthodox to hold, in my words, that "nothing can be well studied while prescinding from divine revelation.”
“Sorcery, protection from sorcery, sorcery accusations, and spiritual healing were all relegated to the category of "obscurantism" and forbidden.”
“The initial imposition of a Bavarian administration soon after Independence, the effort to shed traces of 'obscurantism' and the 'barbarity' of Ottoman rule; the Western bourgeois invasion of local customs and traditions; the long-standing effort to reconcile the Ottoman past with the legacy of Greece as the centre of European civilisation; and the intense conflict between right and left visions of Greek society since the Second World War have all generated tensions about national identity that have often found expression through various treatments of the 'woman question'.”
“TIME magazine which has published numerous essays exploring the relationship between faith, prayer and healing says that even a couple of decades ago, the scientific community would not have dared to propose a double-blind, controlled study of something as intangible as prayer because the scientific temper is all about trying to ridding yourself of remnants of mysticism and obscurantism which is what many people think faith and prayer is – a lot of mumbo jumbo.”
“obscurantism" or "material opacity" which resists the pressure of the creative spirit.”
“However, this nature has been wrapped up in centuries of pain, of obscurantism, of great enigmas and contradictions of our own existence, of divinity and love.”
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