obscurantist obscurantist


  • (n) a person who is deliberately vague


  1. It is still governed by medieval political institutions and Wahhabism, an obscurantist and often anti-Western doctrine of Islam.
  2. In 2000 he struck an obscurantist's mother lode.
  3. Right-wing critics sneer that this is a pork barrel for obscurantist, lefty p.


  • "Noisy, exotic and obscurantist fringe"

    Anna Husarska, writing at the Economist , looks at the state of the Church in Poland as their bishops conduct their ad limina visits. Her analysis could be applied to some of our stateside bishops too, no doubt and the combination of adjectives - "noisy, exotic and obscurantist" - is splendid.
    on February 10, 2014     Source: National Catholic Reporter


  1. "While the world views Islam as a militant, intolerant religion, this thought is reinforced by our own obscurantist, extremist forces," Musharraf said. "Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, the Islamic world on the whole is on a downward slide...
    on May 15, 2007 By: Pervez Musharraf Source: NDTV.com

  2. As Robinson says: "Many of us know that Calvinism was a very important tradition among us. Yet all we know about John Calvin was that he was a Scotsman, a prude and obscurantist with a buckle on his belt, possibly a burner of witches, certainly the...
    on Sep 25, 2008 By: Marilynne Robinson Source: Vancouver Sun

  3. "They just don't read anything that doesn't come from their cult circle," Krugman wrote in one blog post; in another he called them "barbarians in the grip of an obscurantist faith."
    on Mar 2, 2009 By: Paul Krugman Source: Reason Online

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