- the quality or condition of being obscure
- pl. -·ties an obscure person or thing
- A person who is not famous and who few people know is an example of someone who lives in obscurity.
- Hidden meanings inside a book that few people know about or understand are examples of obscurity.
Obscurity is being unknown or hard to understand.
- Deficiency or absence of light; darkness.
- a. The quality or condition of being unknown: “Even utter obscurity need not be an obstacle to [political] success” ( New Republic )b. One that is unknown.
- a. The quality or condition of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand: “writings meant to be understood … by all, composed without deliberate obscurity or hidden motives” ( National Review )b. An instance of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand.
(countable and uncountable, plural obscurities)
- At last, worn out by age, he accepted an amnesty and returned to the city of Mexico, where he died in obscurity on the 10th of June 1876.
- I do not suppose that I have attained to obscurity, but I should be proud if no more fatal fault were found with my pages on this score than was found with the Walden ice.
- The contrast between the obscurity of such a man and the fame enjoyed by the fluent young doctors roused Bacon's indignation.
- The visions hardly veil the thought, and the mode of expression is usually simple, except in the Messianic passages, where the tortuousness and obscurity are perhaps intentional.
- He was amnestied with other exiles in 1874, and died in obscurity in 1876.