Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Deficiency or absence of light; darkness.
  • noun The quality or condition of being unknown.
  • noun One that is unknown.
  • noun The quality or condition of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand.
  • noun An instance of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality or state of being obscure; darkness; dimness; uncertainty of meaning; unintelligibleness; an obscure place, state, or condition; especially, the condition of being unknown.
  • noun Synonyms Dimness, Gloom, etc. (see darkness), shade, obscuration; retirement, seclusion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being obscure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun literary Darkness; the absence of light.
  • noun The state of being unknown; a thing that is unknown
  • noun The quality of being difficult to understand; a thing that is difficult to understand

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known
  • noun the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
  • noun the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination

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  • As in "plucked from obscurity".

    December 30, 2006

  • I spotted a very Wordie-like treatment of the word obscurity in an episode of the TV show QI -- you can watch it here.

    April 25, 2008