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obscūro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. id.,
I.to render dark, to darken, obscure (class.; syn.: obumbro, opaco).
B. Transf., to hide, conceal, cover; to render invisible or imperceptible: “neque nox tenebris obscurare coetus nefarios potest,Cic. Cat. 1, 3, 6: “caput obscurante lacernā,Hor. S. 2, 7, 55: “caput dextra,Petr. 134: “dolo ipsi et signa militaria obscurati,concealed, kept out of sight, Sall. J. 49, 5: “nummus in Croesi divitiis obscuratur,disappears, is lost, Cic. Fin. 4, 12, 3: “tenebrae non obscurabuntur a te,Vulg. Psa. 138, 12.—
II. Trop.
A. To blind, darken, becloud the understanding: “scio amorem tibi Pectus obscurasse,Plaut. Trin. 3, 2, 41.—
B. Of speech, to obscure, render indistinct; to deliver or express indistinctly: si erunt mihi plura ad te scribenda, ἀλληγορίαις obscurabo, Cic. Att. 2, 20, 3: “nihil dicendo,id. Clu. 1, 1: “aliquid callide,Quint. 5, 13, 41; cf. id. 8, 2, 18: “stilum affectatione,to render obscure, Suet. Tib. 70.—
C. Of sound, to pronounce indistinctly: “(M) neque eximitur sed obscuratur,is pronounced indistinctly, Quint. 9, 4, 40: vocem, to render dull or indistinct, id. 11, 3, 20.—
D. To obscure, cover with obscurity; to render unknown: paupertas quorum obscurat nomina, Enn. ap. Macr. S. 6, 1 (Trag. v. 73 Vahl.): “fortuna res cunctas ex lubidine magis, quam ex vero celebrat obscuratque,Sall. C. 8, 1.—
E. (Acc. to I. B.) To suppress, hide, conceal: “quod obscurari non potest,Cic. Arch. 11, 26: “laudes,id. Marcell. 9, 31: “veritatem,Quint. 4, 2, 64.—Hence, to obscure, cause to be forgotten, render of no account: “magnitudo lucri obscurabat periculi magnitudinem,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 57, § 131.—In pass.: obscurari, to become obscure or of no account, to grow obsolete, etc.: “sin dicit obscurari quaedam nec apparere, quia valde parva sint, nos quoque concedimus,id. Fin. 4, 12, 29: “omnis eorum memoria sensim obscurata est et evanuit,id. de Or. 2, 23, 95; cf. id. Fragm. ap. Mart. Cap. 5, § 509: “obscurata vocabula,obsolete, Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 115.
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