One meaning of obscurity is nobody knowing who you are, and another definition is something that is hard to understand because it’s too complex or unclear.

Obscurity is the opposite of fame, and living in obscurity means that nobody knows your name. Many musicians played in obscurity for years before becoming rock stars. The Latin obscurus means “dark,” which is where obscurity is found: in the dark where no one sees it. Something difficult to comprehend has obscurity, for example the obscurity of a medical magazine, or a complex poem that is full of literary obscurities, referencing other poems that no one has read.

Definitions of obscurity
  1. noun
    the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination
    synonyms: obscureness
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    type of:
    partial darkness
  2. noun
    the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
    synonyms: abstruseness, obscureness, reconditeness
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    clarity, clearness, limpidity, lucidity, lucidness, pellucidity
    the quality of being coherent and easily understood
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    the quality of being incomprehensible
  3. noun
    an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known
    “he worked in obscurity for many years”
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    the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent
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    anonymity, namelessness
    the state of being anonymous
    humbleness, lowliness, obscureness, unimportance
    the state of being humble and unimportant
    an insignificant place
    limbo, oblivion
    the state of being disregarded or forgotten
    type of:
    social or financial or professional status or reputation
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