obscurantism

 /ˌɒbskjʊəˈræntɪzəm/



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
ob•scu•rant  (əb sky&oobreve;rənt), 
n. 
  1. a person who strives to prevent the increase and spread of knowledge.
  2. a person who obscures.

adj. 
  • pertaining to or characteristic of obscurants.
  • tending to make obscure.
  • Etymology:
    • 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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