Entering English circa 1793–1799: From German Obskurant and French obscurant, from classical Latin obscūrant-, stem of obscūrāns, present participle of obscūrāre (“to obscure”), from obscūrus (“dark”).
- Acting or tending to confound, obfuscate, or obscure.
- Typical of or pertaining to obscurants; obscurantic; obscurantistic.
obscurant (plural obscurants)
- One who acts to confound or obfuscate; an obscurantist.
- A person who seeks to prevent or hinder enquiry and the advancement of knowledge or wisdom; an agent of endarkenment.
- An opposer of lucidity and transparency in the political and intellectual spheres.
- “obscurant” listed by Dictionary.com Unabridged (v1·1)
- “obscurant, n. and adj.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, second edition / draft revision (March 2004)
- “obscurant” listed in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1996, 1998)