An example of obfuscate is when a politician purposely gives vague answers to a question so no one knows his real position.
- to cloud over; obscure; make dark or unclear
- to muddle; confuse; bewilder
Origin of obfuscate; from Classical Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare, to darken ; from ob- (see ob-) + fuscare, to obscure ; from fuscus, dark ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhus- from source dusk, doze, dust
transitive verbob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing, ob·fus·cates
- To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: “A great effort was made &ellipsis; to obscure or obfuscate the truth” (Robert Conquest).
- To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.
Origin of obfuscateLatin obfuscare, obfuscat-, to darken : ob-, over; see ob– + fuscare, to darken (from fuscus, dark).
(third-person singular simple present obfuscates, present participle obfuscating, simple past and past participle obfuscated)
- To make dark; overshadow
- To deliberately make more confusing in order to conceal the truth.
- Before leaving the scene, the murderer set a fire to obfuscate any evidence of his or her identity.
- (computing) To alter code while preserving its behavior but conceal its structure and intent.
- We need to obfuscate these classes before we ship the final release.
(comparative more obfuscate, superlative most obfuscate)
- (obsolete) Obfuscated; darkened; obscured.
From the participle stem of Late Latin obfuscÄre, from Latin ob- + fuscÄre, present active infinitive of fuscÅ (“I darken").