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Then it was rain, wind, obscureness of gloom, and lightning.

The system of Spinosa—for I allude to him—is, it is true, in ill repute for its obscureness and unintelligibility.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "dark," figuratively "morally unenlightened; gloomy," from Old French obscur, oscur "dark, clouded, gloomy; dim, not clear" (12c.) and directly from Latin obscurus "dark, dusky, shady," figuratively "unknown; unintelligible; hard to discern; from insignificant ancestors," from ob "over" (see ob-) + -scurus "covered," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see sky). Related: Obscurely.

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