/euhb skyoor"euhnt/, n.
1. a person who strives to prevent the increase and spread of knowledge.
2. a person who obscures.
3. pertaining to or characteristic of obscurants.
4. tending to make obscure.
[1790-1800; < L obscurant- (s. of obscurans, prp. of obscurare), equiv. to obscur(us) dark + -ant- -ANT]

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