obscurity obscurity  /əbs ˈkjʊ rə ti/


  1. (n) the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
  2. (n) an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known
  3. (n) the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination



  1. In the first year of his presidency, he has risen out of obscurity to become one of the most troublesome and noteworthy leaders in the world.
  2. With $800 to his name, he arrived in New York City in 1985 and was plucked from obscurity to assist Geoffrey Beene.
  3. Nasdijj hasn't sold millions of books, and he will probably fade into obscurity.


  1. 2013 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods' terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at Merion

    Tiger Woods has been conspicuously absent from the NBC broadcast on late Saturday after five bogeys in a 10-hole stretch effectively ended his shot at contention for a fifth U.S. Open title. After more than an hour of obscurity, however, Tiger did pop up on NBC for a little bit of troll cam schadenfreude: And that's the No. 1 player in the world's day summed up in one gif.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: SB Nation

  2. Fred Armisen Scores First Post ‘SNL’ Job

    A comedian’s career post-SNL kind of has a shelf life. Several months following an SNL departure proves to be a make it or break it time for comedians with high hopes in transitioning towards sitcoms or film. Some comedians make it post-SNL and others fade into obscurity (Cheri Oteri, anyone?). Fred Armisen made a quiet [...] Fred Armisen Scores First Post ‘SNL’ Job is a post from: The Inquisitr
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr

  3. Kevin Gates Releases 'Satellites (Remix)' With Wiz Khalifa

    Filed under: Hip-Hop , Hip-Hop News , Songs Kevin Gates has emerged from obscurity in 2013. The Baton Rouge, La., native has flair and a gift for harmonizing, and it shows on his newest track, "Satellites." With the original record garnering momentum, Gates decided to put out a remix for the track, featuring one of the game's top artists of the moment, Wiz Khalifa.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Boombox


  1. "If he was able to be able to be seen more nationally, it would be a slam dunk," Maddon said. "He toils a little bit in the obscurity of where we work. I would really not understand why he would not be voted in. He's the kind of baseball...
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Joe Maddon Source: The Associated Press

  2. "I think maybe things happened so quickly for Tony in terms of obscurity to all of a sudden national spotlight that he hasn't fully grasped what being the Cowboys quarterback is all about," Aikman said to Irvin. "And you don't go to Cabo the...
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Troy Aikman Source: ESPN

  3. Time's Lev Grossman writes that "an explosion of productivity and innovation" is underway as "millions of minds that would otherwise have drowned in obscurity" become participants in "the global intellectual economy."
    on Dec 20, 2006 By: Lev Grossman Source: Washington Post

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anachronistic anachronistic
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