Word Of The Week (WOW #7)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve your vocabulary by learning new words every week.

WOW

If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on my WOW post (like this one.)

Here’s this week’s WOW:

obscurantismWord: Obscurantism

Part Of Speech: 

  • obscurantism: noun [ mass noun ]
  • obscurant: noun adjective
  • obscurantist: noun adjective

Pronunciation: ɒbskjʊˈrantɪz(ə)m| ; ob•scu•rant•ism

Meaning: 

opposition to the spread of knowledge :  a policy of withholding knowledge from the general public.

or

a) a style (as in literature or art) characterized by deliberate vagueness or abstruseness. b) an act or instance of obscurantism.

Synonyms: counterrevolution, regression, relapse, retrenchment, withdrawal, reactionary.

Antonyms: liberal, progressive, radical, cause.

Word Origin: mid 19th century: from earlier obscurant, denoting a person who obscures something, via German from Latin obscurant- ‘making dark’, from the verb obscurare .

Use in sentence: “They viewed it as a sign of reactionary obscurantism, an obstacle to modernity.”

“He did not see fit to nominate an appropriate cause rather than one which promotes religious obscurantism.’

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I hope you guys like this word and hope it’s useful to you in some or the other way!

If you want to check out more words like this, then visit my page:

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Have a great day!

Published by Heena R. Pardeshi

Heena is the author of the award-winning novel Deceived. She works as the novel critic and the chief editor at a local publishing house in Pune, India. She is an animal lover as well as an animal activist. She loves books, music and wine. Travelling and learning about new cultures is an integral part of her life. She is presently learning Piano and French language. She lives in Pune, India with her beloved husband and 6 cats.

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