Sunday, November 5, 2017

Word of the Day: Obscurantism

obscurantism - ob·scu·rant·ism - noun:

The practice of deliberately preventing the facts of some subject matter from becoming known. There are two historical and intellectual denotations of Obscurantism:

(1) the deliberate restriction of knowledge—opposition to disseminating knowledge; and,
(2) deliberate obscurity—an abstruse style (as in literature and art) characterized by deliberate vagueness.[3][4]

Therefore, an obscurantist is someone who actively opposes enlightenment and the consequent social reform, a type of anti-intellectual.[5]


 

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