Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin obscurus


1 adjective
1 not well known and usually not very important:
an obscure poet
The details of his life remain obscure.
2 difficult to understand:
obscure legal phrases
For some obscure reason, the group is very popular.
obscurely adverb
WORD FOCUS: famous WORD FOCUS: famous
similar words: well-known, celebrated, renowned, eminent, noted, legendary

famous for doing something bad: notorious, infamous

not famous: little-known, unknown, obscure

a famous person: celebrity, celeb informal, star

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