obfuscate

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ob·fus·cate / ˈäbfəˌskāt/ • v. [tr.] render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible: the spelling changes will deform some familiar words and obfuscate their etymological origins. ∎  bewilder (someone): it is more likely to obfuscate people than enlighten them. DERIVATIVES: ob·fus·ca·tion / ˌäbfəˈskāshən/ n. ob·fus·ca·to·ry / äbˈfəskəˌtôrē/ adj.