obfuscate

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒbfʌskeɪt/, /ˈɒbfəskeɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑːbfʌskeɪt/, /ˈɑːbfəskeɪt/
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Verb[edit]

obfuscate (third-person singular simple present obfuscates, present participle obfuscating, simple past and past participle obfuscated)

  1. To make dark; overshadow
  2. 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.
  3. (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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obfuscate (comparative more obfuscate, superlative most obfuscate)

  1. (obsolete) Obfuscated; darkened; obscured.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir. T. Elyot to this entry?)