opaque opaque  /oʊ ˈpeɪk/


  1. (adj) not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
  2. (adj) not clearly understood or expressed

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  • The opposition party accused the Prime Minister to be opaque on the important policy of nuclear disarmament.


  • Overwashed bike shorts become an issue

    A delicate issue can arise in cycling. Occasionally, a cyclist’s spandex shorts have been washed one too many times and the back panel of the shorts become opaque.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Orlando Sentinel


  1. "The boom in subprime mortgage lending was only part of a much broader credit boom characterized by underpricing of risk, excessive leverage and the creation of complex and opaque financial instruments that proved fragile under stress," Bernanke...
    on Oct 31, 2008 By: Ben Bernanke Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Rogoff believes the concerns about transparency are overblown, pointing out that hedge funds "are pretty opaque as well."
    on Nov 27, 2007 By: Kenneth Rogoff Source: Forbes

  3. "The fact that the EU is not a very effective negotiating partner, that it can be so opaque and complex, is a frustration for China, I'm sure," said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform in London. "But China is also a...
    on Oct 21, 2008 By: Charles Grant Source: International Herald Tribune

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