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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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OBSCU'RITY, noun [Latin obscuritas.]

1. Darkness; want of light.

We wait for light, but behold obscurity. Isaiah 59:1.

2. A state of retirement from the world; a state of being unnoticed; privacy.

You are not for obscurity designed.

3. Darkness of meaning; unintelligibleness; as the obscurity of writings or of a particular passage.

4. Illegibleness; as the obscurity of letters or of an inscription.

5. A state of being unknown to fame; humble condition; as the obscurity of birth or parentage.