Mysterious and Obscure


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Mysterious adjective – Being beyond one's powers to know, understand, or explain.
Usage example: the huge stone statues on Easter Island are ancient, mysterious, and haunting

Obscure is a synonym for mysterious in secret topic. In some cases you can use "Obscure" instead the word "Mysterious" as an adjective or a verb, when it comes to topics like puzzling, enigmatic, illegible, strange.
Nearby Words: mystery, mysteriously
Synonyms for Mysterious


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Obscure adjective – Having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning.
Usage example: a fantasy writer who likes to put lots of obscure references and images in her tales of wizards and warlocks

Mysterious is a synonym for obscure in unclear topic. You can use "Mysterious" instead an adjective "Obscure", if it concerns topics such as abstruse, enigmatic, mystical, illegible.
Nearby Words: obscured, obscurity, obscurely, obscuring, obscuration
Synonyms for Obscure

Things that words describes

man mysterious man obscure man
people mysterious people obscure people
group mysterious group obscure group
place mysterious place obscure place
Other nouns: series, way, figure, characters, location, story, book, villain, figures, town, events, creatures.

Both words in one sentence

  • Literature / Around the World in 80 Days Phileas Fogg's background is mysterious and obscure, or foggy.
  • Cow Tools are similar to Noodle Implements in that they both invite speculation; the difference is that the former are completely obscure while the latter are ordinary in and of themselves but have a mysterious and unexplained connection to some event.
    Source: Cow Tools
  • Obviously this doesn't apply to characters who die in some mysterious semi-obscure way in the opening seconds of a show, then go on to be the subject of inquiry, flashbacks and a thorough autopsy.
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