Obfuscated



[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt] /ˈɒb fəˌskeɪt, ɒbˈfʌs keɪt/

verb (used with object), obfuscated, obfuscating.
1.
to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
2.
to make obscure or unclear:
to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
3.
to darken.
/ˈɒbfʌsˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to obscure or darken
2.
to perplex or bewilder
v.

1530s, from Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare “to darken,” from ob “over” (see ob-) + fuscare “to make dark,” from fuscus “dark” (see dusk). Related: Obfuscated; obfuscating.

programming
Made unclear, used to describe source code that has been transformed or written to make it as hard as possible to read, usually for fun, as in the Obfuscated C Contest. A japh is a kind of obfuscated Perl program.
The term is not normally used for code that has been transformed for security purposes, e.g. to enforce some kind of licencing mechanism.
(2009-05-14)

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