obscurant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Entering English circa 1793–1799[1]: From German Obskurant[2] and French obscurant[2], from classical Latin obscūrant-[1][2], stem of obscūrāns[1][2][3], present participle of obscūrāre (to obscure)[1][2][3], from obscūrus (dark)[1].

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

obscurant (comparative more obscurant, superlative most obscurant)

  1. Acting or tending to confound, obfuscate, or obscure.
  2. Typical of or pertaining to obscurants; obscurantic; obscurantistic.

Noun[edit]

obscurant (plural obscurants)

  1. One who acts to confound or obfuscate; an obscurantist.
  2. A person who seeks to prevent or hinder enquiry and the advancement of knowledge or wisdom; an agent of endarkenment.
  3. An opposer of lucidity and transparency in the political and intellectual spheres.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 obscurant” listed by Dictionary.com Unabridged (v1·1)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 obscurant, n. and adj.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, second edition / draft revision (March 2004)
  3. 3.0 3.1 obscurant” listed in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1996, 1998)

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

obscūrant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of obscūrō