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Obscure, adj. (as for the accent, see Appendix I, 1) 1) dark, destitute of light: “brakes o. and rough,” Ven. 237. “to rib her cerecloth in the o. grave,” Merch. II, 7, 51. “wandered hither to an o. plot,” Tit. II, 3, 77. == living in the dark: “the o. bird clamoured the livelong night,” Mcb. II, 3, 64.
2) not obviously intelligible, not plain, abstruse: “to make plain some o. precedence that hath tofore been sain,” LLL III, 83. “some o. epistles of love,” Tw. II, 3, 168. “an index and o. prologue to the history of lust,” Oth. II, 1, 264.
3) humble, mean: “O base and o. vulgar,” LLL IV, 1, 69. “a little little grave, an o. grave,” R2 III, 3, 154. “o. and lowly swain,” H6B IV, 1, 50. “his means of death, his o. funeral --no trophy, sword, nor hatchment o'er his bones, no noble right nor formal ostentation,” Hml. IV, 5, 213.
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