1. a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
  2. a policy of opposition to enlightenment or the spread of knowledge
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How To Use obscurantism In A Sentence

  • At first liberalism rallied in the face of medieval obscurantism.
  • Describing the average Orangeman as ‘the last thing in obscurantism, prejudice, and ignorance,’ he viewed the Order as the antithesis of an Irish Ireland citizenry.
  • Aristotle's critics have pounced upon this sentence as an example of pompous obscurantism.
  • The choice isn't between prolonging an idyll and risking change, but between a belated attempt to secure a global niche and a decline into obscurantism likely to end in prolonged violence and general incapability.
  • It not only excluded the intellectual as an outstanding pioneer in the development of China's economy, science and culture, but also preached obscurantism that devalues the importance of intelligence.
  • Where woman is used as an expiatory victim, enslaved for the sole crime of having been born a woman, all those who know that this obscurantism leads to even greater disaster must rise. Bernard-Henri Lévy: Three More Letters to Sakineh
  • TIME magazine which has published numerous essays exploring the relationship between faith, prayer and healing says that even a couple of decades ago, the scientific community would not have dared to propose a double-blind, controlled study of something as intangible as prayer because the scientific temper is all about trying to ridding yourself of remnants of mysticism and obscurantism which is what many people think faith and prayer is – a lot of mumbo jumbo. Does Prayer Heal ?
  • Instead of succumbing to the forces of religious obscurantism, incompetence and repression, the region's Muslims are set to provide a template for modernist believers across the globe.
  • Religious prejudice and scientific obscurantism have been closely entangled throughout the whole history of this debate.
  • In the early years of the irreconcilable conflict between science and religious obscurantism, the head of the Roman Catholic Church could place Galileo under house arrest or have Giordano Bruno burned at the stake.
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