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An example use of obscure in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… discovered a really obscure virus in the …”
Obscure means difficult to understand or to find out about.
the word obscure occurs in english on average 8.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that obscure can be often used in the following areas:
1) communication, information, and media;
2) life, nature, and living environment;