obscurantism

 /ˌɒbskjʊəˈræntɪzəm/

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ob•scu•rant•ism  (əb skyŏŏrən tiz′əm, ob′skyŏŏ rantiz əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge.
  2. deliberate obscurity or evasion of clarity.
ob•scurant•ist, n., adj. 
  • French obscurantisme; see obscurant, -ism
  • 1825–35

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ob•scu•rant  (əb skyŏŏrənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who strives to prevent the increase and spread of knowledge.
  2. a person who obscures.

adj. 
  1. pertaining to or characteristic of obscurants.
  2. tending to make obscure.
  • Latin obscūrant- (stem of obscūrāns, present participle of obscūrāre), equivalent. to obscūr(us) dark + -ant- -ant
  • 1790–1800


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

obscurant /əbˈskjʊərənt/ n
  1. an opposer of reform and enlightenment

ˌobscuˈrantism n ˌobscuˈrantist n , adj



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