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To be, or to make something difficult to understand - thesaurus

Synonyms

complicate

verb

to make something more difficult to do, deal with, or understand

confuse

verb

to make something more complicated or difficult to understand

obscure

verb

to make something difficult to understand

mystify

verb

if someone or something mystifies you, you cannot understand or explain it

baffle

verb

if a problem, someone’s behavior, etc. baffles you, you cannot understand it or solve it

confound

verb

if you are confounded by something, you cannot understand it

deepen

verb

if a mystery deepens, or if something deepens it, it becomes more complicated and difficult to understand

defy

verb

if something defies description, belief, or understanding, it is strange and almost impossible to describe, believe, or understand

be beyond someone

to be too difficult for someone to understand or deal with

be (as) clear as mud

to be very difficult to understand

tergiversate

verb

formalshowing disapproval to make inconsistent statements or avoid answering a question directly

tergiversation

noun

formalshowing disapproval making statements that are contradictory or designed to avoid giving direct answers

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blind someone with science/technology

to explain something to someone in a very complicated way, in order to impress them rather than to help them understand

blur

verb

if something such as a memory or an idea has blurred, or if something has blurred it, it is no longer clear in your mind

clutter

verb

to put too many facts, pictures, etc. in something so that it becomes hard to understand

enshroud

verb

literary to make something difficult to know or understand

fog

verb

to make something confusing or difficult to understand

go all round the houses

to say or do something in a very complicated way when it could be very simple

muddy the waters/issue

to make a situation more complicated or difficult than it needs to be

obfuscate

verb

formal to deliberately make something confusing or difficult to understand

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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