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  • adj. Tending to obfuscate; intended to conceal the truth by confusion.


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  • It's true that much academic writing is deliberately obfuscatory, which is annoying, but I don't think that's the only cause of my regular confusion.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • The Democratic Alliance on Monday accused President Thabo Mbeki of being "obfuscatory" about his involvement in the arms deal.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The last thing the green movement should pursue is any kind of obfuscatory waffle about

    The Guardian World News

  • Asked about the information commissioner's assertion that the Tories had been "obfuscatory",

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  • This is exactly the kind of obfuscatory, vaguely conceptual, busily physical work that leaves audiences feeling like they didn't get it.

    NYT > Home Page

  • My personal favourite (!) was 178 details on a single briefing slide - I know UK commanders who've thrown back things with more than 7 points on them as 'obfuscatory'!

    Army Rumour Service

  • Asked to comment on recent comments from the information ¬≠commissioner, who has accused the Tories of "obfuscatory" answers on Ashcroft, Pickles says: "I was very alarmed by that.

    The Guardian World News

  • Though tempered by comparison, the artist's stylistic extravagance - manifest in expressionistically smeared, splattered, and abraded paint handling - calls to mind Cecily Brown's fluent foregrounding of oil's in-the-flesh immediacy and the cunning ease with which obfuscatory gestures can suggest sexual frisson.

    ArtScene: Top Exhibitions in the West Highlight Opening Weeks of the New Season

  • The financial statements were intentionally obfuscatory and that's clear now.

    Olympus Casts Spotlight on Accounting

  • This obfuscatory refusal to use the f-word must stop.

    Matthew Yglesias » Lilly Ledbetter Act Passess


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  • "Isaac was still piqued by the ignorance surrounding watercraeft. It brought home to him, again, how much mainstream science was bunk, how much 'analysis' was just description--often bad description--hiding behind obfuscatory rubbish." From Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

    September 21, 2011

  • I use this word occasionally, usually to describe perl code.

    February 20, 2007