Obfuscate meaning

ŏbfə-skāt, ŏb-fŭskāt
To obfuscate is to confuse someone, or to obscure the meaning of something.

An example of obfuscate is when a politician purposely gives vague answers to a question so no one knows his real position.

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To muddle; confuse; bewilder.
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To render indistinct or dim; darken.

The fog obfuscated the shore.

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To cloud over; obscure; make dark or unclear.
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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.

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To make unclear or to confuse. See obfuscator and email obfuscator.
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To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand.
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(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.

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To make dark; overshadow.
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(obsolete) Obfuscated; darkened; obscured.

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Origin of obfuscate

  • Latin obfuscāre obfuscāt- to darken ob- over ob– fuscāre to darken (from fuscus dark)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the participle stem of Late Latin obfuscāre, from Latin ob- + fuscāre, present active infinitive of fuscō (“I darken").

    From Wiktionary