1) N-UNCOUNT Obscurity is the state of being known by only a few people.

For the lucky few, there's the chance of being plucked from obscurity and thrown into the glamorous world of modelling...

The latter half of his life was spent in obscurity and loneliness.

2) N-VAR Obscurity is the quality of being difficult to understand. An obscurity is something that is difficult to understand.

`How can that be?' asked Hunt, irritated by the obscurity of Henry's reply...

Whatever its obscurities, the poem was clear on at least one count.

English dictionary. 2008.

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