[ US /əbˈskjʊɹəti/ ]
[ UK /ɒbskjˈʊɹɪti/ ]
  1. an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known
    he worked in obscurity for many years
  2. the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination
  3. the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
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How To Use obscurity In A Sentence

  • One reason for his relative obscurity has been the general unavailability of his music: his works remained unpublished during his lifetime and, apart from some ‘easy’ tonal compositions, largely unperformed.
  • Born Princess Sophia of the minor German principality of Anhalt-Zerbst, reared by an ambitious and self-centered mother, she was plucked out of near obscurity by the Russian czarina, Elizabeth, in 1744 as a bride for the heir to the Russian throne, Peter III. The Rise Of an Empress
  • The obscurity of the pleading which is, if I may so with respect to the drafter of it, exceedingly clever, because the pleading is in terms always of a duty of care to do something and it is there the elision of two very separate ideas.
  • And even the reputations of major figures at times fluctuate, with periods of obscurity intermitting their fame.
  • These games could be defined simply as ` handball played with a paddle, 'the only difference being that paddleball employs a perforated wooden racquet and a large spongy ball, while racquetball, which is rapidly pushing both handball and paddleball into obscurity, employs a small strung racquet and a lively rubber ball. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 1
  • She was plucked from obscurity to instant stardom.
  • His own farces and burlesques have faded into obscurity, but this contributor to the ‘gaiety of nations' lies buried in Westminster abbey.
  • Although they are present almost everywhere, on land and sea, a group of related bacteria in the superphylum Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae, or PVC, have remained in relative obscurity ever since they were first described about a decade ago. PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories
  • It is a pity that a book that has such detail is unable to overcome the obstacles of intricacy without leaving the reader stuck in the quagmire of literary and historical obscurity.
  • His poetry was his attempt to externalise that inner dialogue, but his obscurity of expression, as opposed to his expression of obscurity, provided a most daunting translative challenge.
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