noun. 1. against scientific inquiry, reasonable argument, and the advancement of knowledge, particularly whenever these seem to contradict a chosen group of political, cultural, or religious traditions or standards. 2. a purposeful or strategic failure to be concise and lucid in the demonstration or display of insight or opinion.

OBSCURANTISM: "Most scientists dread working with peers who present attitudes of obscurantism."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "OBSCURANTISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/obscurantism/ (accessed January 16, 2021).